Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (2005)

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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.

2 thoughts on “Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (2005)

  • April 21, 2020 at 3:37 am
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    What a great find
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    Keep up the great work on this site

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  • May 6, 2020 at 1:22 am
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    This feels like Funny Games as British Social Realism. That’s a solid recipe.

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