Directed by: David Mackenzie
Starring: Ewan McGregor (Joe), Tilda Swinton (Ella), Peter Mullan (Les), Emily Mortimer (Cathie), Therese Bradley (Gwen)
Country: Scotland; Effed Up British-Irish Films
Genres: Mystery, Infidelity, Sexual-Violence against Women
Plot – Spoilers:
In 1950s Scotland, Joe works with Les on a barge owned by Les’ wife, Ella. Joe was once a budding writer determined to break the mould, but those dreams seem to have faded as he now ends the days covered in grime and watching Ella and Les squabble. Ella often snaps at Les for reasons that mostly lie in their bed, but also because she sees herself as the boss of the barge. Les is mostly oblivious, preferring to look forward to a game of darts and a drink at the local pub. Meanwhile Joe, who isn’t above spying on the couple’s problems in bed, uses the opportunity to begin an affair with Ella.
One morning, while working the river, Joe and Les notice a dead girl and pull her onboard. The case becomes a local event in the small town, but Joe remains detached from it, despite it slowly being revealed that the dead girl might be no stranger to him.
Young Adam is what some might describe as a slow burner. A mesmerizing slow-burner at that. This isn’t your typical effed-up movie, but is effed up in the way it unravels Joe’s personality and reveals the desolation and darkness that lie in everyone, in every average Joe.
Scored by David Byrne.
Favorite Scenes (Massive Spoilers):
The couple-in-bed’s response to Les finding them.
Who the hell does he think he is anyhow, clomping about like the day of judgement. :))
When Joe first meets Cathie at the beach.
Overhead shot of the barge as Joe walks down it.