In a small English coastal town, three teenage boys are drawn into a world of temptation and violence. Bored, troubled and excluded, the boys are unable to accept or even recognize moral boundaries. Their actions move inexorably towards a truly shocking act that will horrify their sleepy community and expose its deepest, hidden fears.
Disturbing and horrific - but an important film
- The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael review by Tim from London
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I saw this film 2 days agao and the final horrific scene still makes my stomach turn. The film is about a group of bored and disaffected drug taking teenagers in a nondescript British coastal town - who lack any sense of morality and engage in acts of violence and lawlessness - which culminate in a terrible act of violence. The film reminded me of A Clockwork Orange -in a less stylised way and it was also similar to the films of Bruno Dumont in the way it captured the disaffection and meaningless of the lives of young people in small towns. The film also mocks the audience (abit like Michael Haneke's Funny Games) in that you are encouraged to identify with the 'sensitive' and middle class Robert Carmichael and expect him to end the violence - when all along he was capable of such a horrific act. I found it very hard to rate this film because I couldn't say I really liked it - but it was a very good film and tried to say some important things. OK - at times it was rather heavy handed - especially in the links made to the Iraq war and the role of the media. But it was wonderfully shot - making the coastal town appear dreamlike - and there were some frightingly realistic performances. But be warned - the ending is very violent and disturbing.