Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
United Kingdom/USA, 1999. Enigma Productions, Hudson Film, Miramax, National Lottery, Scottish Screen, The Scottish Arts Council. Screenplay by Simon Donald, based on the book Son of Adam by Denis Forman. Cinematography by Bernard Lutic. Produced by Steve Norris, David Puttnam. Music by Howard Blake. Production Design by Andy Harris. Costume Design by Emma Porteous. Film Editing by Scott Thomas.
Sweet little film about a young Scottish boy growing up in his family castle with an assortment of wacky relatives. From his straight-laced inventor father (Colin Firth), to his loving mother (a very beautiful Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), this young man is also surrounded by a free-spirited uncle (Malcolm McDowell) who has brought his beautiful French mistress (Irène Jacob) for a visit, upsetting the calm of the family and turning heads wherever they go. Jacob is perfectly lovely as the puberty ignition for the little guy, and their relationship together is cherishable and charming. There’s nothing really bad to say about the film, but there’s nothing to point out about it that holds it anywhere above all other films of the sort. Watch it if only for one of the rare opportunities to see the magnificent Rosemary Harris on screen.