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Metroland

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Metroland

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Christian Bale, Emily Watson
director:
Philip Saville
genre:
Drama, Romance

We gave it an A-

A kind of British American Beauty, this smartly acted adaptation of the angsty Julian Barnes novel concerns a young father (Bale) who seeks an escape from suburban stagnation after receiving a visit from a hedonistic old chum (Lee Ross). Watson’s beguiling performance (as Bale’s wife) and welcome dashes of surrealism enliven this insightful portrait of an evolving marriage.

Reel Goodies

(0:05 and 0:36) Yearning for his youth, Bale flashes back to a Blow-Up-esque photo/make-out session with an alluring Frenchwoman.

The Last Detail

Metroland’s eclectic score is by guitarist Mark Knopfler, whose 1979 hit with Dire Straits, ”Sultans of Swing,” can be heard in a bar scene. B+