Monday, November 03, 2008


I’ve hardly been busy but I have strayed away from these pages for a week. There is little to report. The Coles, joined by the affable S, watched the latest Shane Meadows feature, Somers Town, last week. This is a shortish film, monochrome and atmospheric, that makes up for a lack of plot and thrills with some decently constructed character sketches and arresting London-based set pieces. There was plenty of warmth in the evocation of a wide-eyed teenage runaway from the delightful East Midlands, the Polish construction worker and his bored and restless son and the kind-hearted Parisian waitress who befriends the nippers. It was a pleasant way to spend an hour, especially in the fine Guildhall cinema, but the overall feeling was merely, ‘Hmmm’.

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