V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

YOUNG ADAM

V' 11

YOUNG ADAM

David Mackenzie
GB/F, 2003
Fiction, 93min, OmdU

YOUNG ADAM

David Mackenzie
GB/F, 2003
Fiction, 93min, OmdU

Actors: 
Ewan McGregor
Joe
Tilda Swinton
Ella
Peter Mullan
Les
Emily Mortimer
Cathy
Jack McElhone
Jim
Therese Bradley
Gwen
Screenplay: 
David Mackenzie nach dem Roman von Alexander Trocchi
Sound: 
Colin Nicolson
Camera: 
Giles Nuttgens
Editor: 
Colin Monie
Composer: 
David Byrne
Decoration: 
Laurence Dorman
Costume: 
Jacqueline Durran

Production: 
Recorded Picture Company, Future Films, HanWay Films, Film Council, Scottish Screen, Sigma Films, Studio Canal, Sveno Media, Young Adam Productions
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Young Adam takes place on the waterways in and around Glasgow sometime after World War II. Fuel rationing is still in effect, and a grim weariness hangs in the air, as palpable as the dust and damp that are the main elements of the atmosphere. Joe, the hero – though at the time the voguish term antihero would have suited him better – is an angry young man, a young soul rebel, an outsider, an absolute beginner. Joe works on a barge and boards with the small, sad family who owns it – Les, Ella and their young son. One morning Joe and Les find a body floating in the River Clyde, a young woman dressed in only a thin slip, who has apparently drowned. Les treats the discovery as a welcome relief from daily tedium; he brags about it at the pub and is thrilled when he and Joe are mentioned by profession though not by name in the newspaper. Joe’s reaction is different. The dead woman reminds him of his former girlfriend, Cathie. She may indeed be Cathie. (A.O. Scott)

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