Moviegoers will like to watch Hallam Foe as much as he does

Hallam Foe

on August 16, 2007 by Richard Mowe
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Grief can take on many strange guises. For Hallam (Jamie Bell, Billy Elliot ) it manifests in a morbid fascination with other people's lives, an inability to move on and a hostile relationship with his new stepmother. Finally he makes the break, leaves the rural country house inhabited by his architect father (Ciarán Hinds) and determines to make his own way in Edinburgh.
 
But Hallam's emotional conundrum remains confused even in the anonymity of the city, where he finds job in a luxury hotel. His relationship with the blonde human resources executive (Sophia Myles) who just happens to resemble his departed parent seems to further complicate his emotional problems until salvation arrives—not a moment too soon.

On the surface Hallam Foe is a refreshing and original romance, but there is darkness at its heart that director David Mackenzie's handsome production never allows the audience to forget. With a sinewy soundtrack and arresting visuals of Scotland's scenic capital, the film feels distinctly European rather than British. Meanwhile, the acting is of the highest order, especially the tandem of Myles and Bell, who are touching and finely balanced in the detail of their characters.
 
After Young Adam and Asylum and now Hallam Foe , Mackenzie's reputation soars.
Distributor: Magnolia
Cast: Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, Ciarán Hinds, Jamie Sives, Maurice Roëves, Ewen Bremner, Claire Forlani, Ruthie Milne, John Paul Lawler and Lucy Holt
Director: David Mackenzie
Screenwriters: Ed Whitmore and David Mackenzie
Producer: Gillian Berrie
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not yet rated
Running time: 95 min.
Release date: TBD
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