Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (2005)

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Avg Rating: 3.6 / 5. Voted: 27

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Directed by: Thomas Clay
Starring: Daniel Spencer (Robert Carmichael), Ryan Winsley (Joe), Charles Mnene (Ben), Lesley Manville (Sarah Carmichael), Danny Dyer (Larry Haydn), Michael Howe (Chef), Miranda Wilson (Chef’s wife)
Country: UK, European Cinema
Language: English
Runtime: 01:33:28
Genres: Gruesome, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Teensploitation, Drugs, Home Invasion

Plot – Spoilers:
A group of teenagers in the coastal town of Newhaven, England are increasingly bored with what the town offers as they get deeper into hard drugs. One of them, Robert a cellist, is also interested in movie-making. He lives with his fairly-involved mother and despite being introverted is considered a regular teenager who gets by with decent grades. The other friends include Joe the leader and bully who has recently been kicked out of school and Ben, Joe’s steadfast sidekick who’s passionate about football.

As their drug use increases, so does their lack of empathy for the other townsfolk, particularly women. It all eventually culminates in a brutal ending for one family.

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Tudecimin
Tudecimin
April 21, 2020 3:37 am

What a great find
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Keep up the great work on this site

Louis D Legge
Louis D Legge
May 6, 2020 1:22 am

This feels like Funny Games as British Social Realism. That’s a solid recipe.

Cap Bender
Cap Bender
August 4, 2020 8:15 pm

I would have probably enjoyed this a lot more with subs. I found it really hard to understand what was being said most of the time and so got bored often. Was well shot, especially the scene in the house with the DJ. Brutal ending, but sort of lost on me how things unraveled that drastically. Only hour n half but seemed a hell of a lot longer. Much love to EUM for making it available. Cheers!

pipes
pipes
September 13, 2020 10:18 pm

glad this was available to watch but not for people who want believable grit.

Sundance Kid
Sundance Kid
October 31, 2020 8:40 am

Damn crazy ending. Thanks effedup for this find!

Dick Face Nelson
Dick Face Nelson
November 2, 2020 12:42 am

This movie is fucking garabage!!….

Complete waste of fucking time. Boring as fuck, lame. Dont watch this.

Jimothy
Jimothy
Reply to  Dick Face Nelson
November 28, 2020 9:59 pm

Beautiful condensed snapshots in certain sequences (e.g. when kid urinates in car [great, concise characterization]).

All in all, the movie is too slow. The statements&themes presented remind me of a homeless person (that smells like he, without stopping, rolled in a dump for 1 week, eating the leftover food within said dump) adopting the classical philosophers stance and giving his opinion on very important, relevant issues. I can’t believe this stuff exists.

Livo
Livo
December 24, 2020 4:33 am

Absolute dogs shit.

Spoopy
Spoopy
December 25, 2020 4:34 am

A ‘Pull Back Camera Production’… more like a pull back foreskin production. Bag of wank. More fool me for giving it a chance after seeing Danny Dire was in it. Don’t waste your time.

Vic
Vic
March 13, 2021 8:10 pm

This is a really sick movie. I’d love to know what Gordon Ramsey thinks of it. Really twisted people that made this one. It’s so fucked up you have to watch it twice. 3 out of 5.

Joey
Joey
Reply to  Vic
June 16, 2022 11:09 pm

lmfao why gordon ramsey

OMH
OMH
Reply to  Joey
June 16, 2022 11:12 pm

Maybe if you watched the movie you’d know why, you 12 year old little asshole.

kittenbot9000
kittenbot9000
Reply to  OMH
June 17, 2022 12:38 am

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fred fat
fred fat
April 5, 2021 11:22 pm

a bit of a mess – moved to the end scene without any coherent reason

Dr Harris
Dr Harris
April 24, 2021 12:46 pm

Yes…

Wow…

You may need to be from the UK to get some of the references here but this is real life suburban boredom and inertia right here. .

The scene where Joe goes fishing down the docks is a nothing scene but it’s exactly how we have lived here.

Unemployment.. desolation… Depression.. no hope no future ..
It’s all here

Yes it’s slow.. but it’s as real life like as you will get. . Aside from the murders although of course this does happen ..

A marvelous adventurous film especially for the UK .

A marvel

Dr Harris
Dr Harris
Reply to  Dr Harris
June 16, 2022 10:17 pm

Rewatched today. .. even better third time round .. a marvelous piece of cinema

Beetle
Beetle
March 22, 2022 7:48 pm

This movie and Eden Lake would make a seriously Fucked Up double feature.