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Young Adam





by Peter Malone,23-12-2003

Young Adam

Director: David Mackenzie
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullun
Duration: 98 minutes

Novelist Alexander Trocchi is now being re-discovered. He is seen as one of the Beat novelists, reflecting the existentialist trends of the time, the anti-hero who lives in the present, who moves from one episode in life to another, often without regard to consequences. Trocchi was, for decades, a desperate heroin addict. His anti-hero seems addictive but is something of a sex-addict.

This film version of his 1955 novel re-creates Glasgow in the early 50s. This has been superbly done. The characters work on the barges in the canal system, transporting coal and fuel. We feel we have been there and experienced this life. The photography is complemented by an atmospheric score by David Byrne (of Talking Heads) and the lyrics of a final credits song about anti-heroes.

Ewan McGregor is a drifter, Joe, a reader and would-be writer, working on a barge managed by your ordinary labourer, Les, a fine, bluff Peter Mullan, and owned by his hard-working wife, Ella, played by Tilda Swinton, completely convincing as a dowdy woman trapped in drudgery and an increasingly drab marriage who responds to the drifter discovering passion and sensuality that she had never suspected.

The other principal character is Cathie, Emily Mortimer. She has embarked on an affair with Joe which has unexpected consequences which are revealed in flashbacks which are initially confusing, making us think at first that they are part of the narrative. Gradually, they build up another story and to a climax where Joe has to the opportunity to make a profound moral choice.

While Ewan McGregor acts well, his character is difficult and challenging to respond to - which, of course, is the aim of the film-makers. He is both charming and impersonal, sensitive and callous, sometimes deep, sometimes callow. He is also sexually impetuous.

This is gritty film-making, a slice of life where characters are not simply good or evil, but tantalisingly complex.

 

 



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導演:戴力詹文
演員:伊雲麥葵格、蒂爾達絲雲頓、彼德梅倫
片長:98分鐘

小說家Alexander Trocchi再次被發現,他被視為傑出的小說家之一,反映當代存在主義者,活在現世的反英雄,從生命的一個章節走到另一章節,時常不顧後果。他數十年來都是一名絕望的癮君子;他的「反英雄」看似沉迷上癮,某程度卻是沉迷於性事。

本片改編自他一九五五年的小說,完美無暇地重構五十年代初的格拉斯哥。電影一眾主角在運河的駁艇工作,負責運送煤炭及燃油。我們仿如置身其中,經驗他們的生活。本片的攝影跟由大衛拜仁(Talking Heads的成員)創作的配樂及片末有關反英雄歌曲的歌詞互相結合。

伊雲麥葵格飾演四處漂泊的祖,在駁艇上工作,他既是讀者也將成為作家;彼德梅倫飾演平凡友善的主管尼,蒂爾達絲雲頓則飾演其辛勤的妻子及船主,演出極具說服力。她衣衫襤褸,終日困在枯燥而繁重的工作裡,婚姻生活逐漸變得乏味,直至遇上祖,燃起從沒想過的激情與慾念。

片中另一主角是由艾美妮蒙泰瑪飾演的嘉菲,她與祖曾有過一段情及出人意表的結局。這段情透過回憶去交待,起初頗為含糊,令我們以為是敘述的一部份,漸漸地發展出另一故事,而祖所作出的、影響深遠的道德抉擇更是全片之高潮。

伊雲麥葵格的演出相當精采,其角色難度頗高,具挑戰性 - 當然,這是電影製作人目的。他的演技收放自如,既迷人又冷酷;性事方面行為輕率。

本片是一齣勇敢的製作,表現出生命中的人物不純是黑白分明,而是誘人的複雜。

翻譯:TMG
編輯:王慧慈

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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