November 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

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DVD.  “A charming mix of quirk and cool,” at least according to the DVD box.   And, yeah, I think that’s essentially true, though perhaps I expected more quirk.  Full of the fine understated, ennui-filled performances from unknown or little-known actors that one comes to expect from an indie film, this coming-of-age Welsh story hits the right notes.  Withdrawn, mildly-disaffected, wiser-than-thou youth?  Check.  Occasional poetically beautiful and sufficiently strange scenes?  Check.  Odd little flourishes, like chapter headings between sections of the film?  Check.  An Ellen-Page-type girlfriend?  Super-check.  Does that make it a bad film?  Not at all.  It is charming and quirky and cool, the box did not lie.  The characters are endearing and sometimes funny and there are beautifully framed, evocative moments on screen.  I guess I’ve just seen versions of this before and I was hoping for something weirder and more Wes Anderson-ish.  Like I said, more quirky.


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