Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. United Kingdom, 1993. Man Films, British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films. Screenplay by Mike Leigh. Cinematography by Dick Pope. Produced by Simon Channing Williams. Music by Andrew Dickson. Production Design by Alison Chitty. Costume Design by Lindy Hemming. Film Editing by Jon Gregory. Cannes Film Festival 1993. Independent Spirit Awards 1993. New York Film Critics Awards 1993.
Brilliantly acted but numbing drama about a homeless man (David Thewlis) who wanders London in search of people upon whom he can inflict his relentlessly negative viewpoints. Mike Leigh’s improvisationally-based style of filmmaking comes through for him once again, presenting riveting characters and dialogue on the screen, but the film is unappealing and too long.