Rent Another Country (1984)

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1h 25min
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Another Country tells the story of Guy Bennett (Rupert Everett) and Tommy Judd (Colin Firth), teenage friends at an elite English public school during the summer of 1931. Clever, hedonistic and gay, Bennett is in his penultimate year of school and the future looks bright. He is convinced he will rise to the heights of his chosen career in the diplomatic service by eventually being appointed Ambassador in Paris. His best friend Judd, committed to Lenin's brave new world, despises such bourgeois aspirations. Homosexuality, honesty and hypocrisy are the main themes in this coming-of-age film, based on the award winning play by Julian Mitchell.
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Julian Mitchell
Peter Biziou, Gerry Hambling
Channel 4
Drama, Lesbian & Gay, Romance
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1984 Cannes Best Artistic Contribution

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Run Time:
85 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9

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Engaging piece of '80s Queer Cinema - Another Country review by AER

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Another Country is a classic British movie made in the 80s about the oppression of homosexuality in public schools and hypocrisy and order of life therein. Rupert Everett (THE HAPPY PRINCE) plays Guy Burnett perfectly as the lovelorn teen whose success on graduation is guaranteed. However, his need to express his sexuality isn' t the 'done thing' and it ruffles a lot of feathers which lead to some decisions that will echo throughout his life profoundly. Also starring Colin Firth (THE ENGLISH PATIENT), Cary Elwes (SAW), and a few familiar faces from 80s TV, this would have benefitted from sharing a bit more detail about how Guy Burnett went onto defect to the Soviet Union and why he was being interviewed by a young woman for his story. He explains early on that he cannot 'name names' and that all he can offer is background. Sadly, this renders the bookending story void as the whole film is told in linear flashback making it hard to relate the 80s to the 30s. More spy stuff would have enhanced this otherwise engaging, important movie.


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A Brilliant, Classic British Film Based on a Play about Schooldays of Guy Burgess, Cambridge Spy - Another Country review by PV

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This is such a great film. Launched the careers of Rupert Everett and Oscar-winner (the King's Speech) Colin Firth playing an interesting posho leftie schoolboy character.

All very ETON and 'If', so in a schooldays genre of cinema really, more than a spy genre or queer cinema.

Yes, it's romanticised, and influences the Style Council's LONG HOT SUMMER song/video for sure.

Watch with 1983's An Englishman Abroad to get a less romantic more drunken waster portrait of Guy Burgess after the spy ran away to the USSR.

The quality of the writing by Julian Mitchell and his stage play shines through here - Everett played the lead on stage too in the West End. His big break.

4.5 stars rounded up.

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