Hallam Foe is worth a look. Okay, I went because Sophia Myles was in it, and she’s pretty good, but Jamie Bell is even better. He’s a very troubled teenager who turns Peeping Tom after the trauma of his mother’s death. His dad rapidly remarries a woman who’s been having an affair with him and since Hallam’s mum died in suspicious circumstances, it doesn’t take the lad long to suspect the worst. So far so Hamlet, but things take a different turn when he gets to Edinburgh, finds work in a big hotel and starts to stalk Sophia Myles, who happens to look like his dead mother.
It’s a film about real, human characters who make a mess of things, but in its own way touching. Even though he creeps her out a bit, and they don’t quite stay together, Sophia’s character (Kate) is able to help young Hallam sort himself out a bit.
While the overall scenario is pretty dark and twisted, there’s a hopeful feel to the movie and quite a bit of deadpan Scottish humour, rather along the lines of “Local Hero” and “Gregory’s Girl”. Bell, who made his name as Billy Elliot some years back, really grows up here, although his lost boy character retains an essential innocence; his stalking activities are creepy but basically harmless.
About 15 years ago, David Tennant would have been wonderful in the part. Maybe that’s why SM sparked off it so well. A modest movie, but well worth a look.
Also yesterday was my 20th wedding anniversary. We’re celebrating in a week or two with an overnighter in a spa hotel. Should be very indulgent. Our daughter made us a cake as a complete surprise – we were very touched.
Also, after years of pleading from the kids, we finally got Sky TV. Which doesn’t mean a great deal to me, but it was nice talking to the bloke who installed the receiver. He claimed he’d met John Simm and that he was a nice, down to earth bloke.