Mister Foe

Mister Foe

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Director: David Mackenzie, Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, Ciarán Hinds

Cast: David Mackenzie, Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, Ciarán Hinds

     
 
With Hallam Foe, British director Peter MacKenzie and scripter Ed Whitmore adapt the 2002 novel of the same name, a quirky, bittersweet, coming-of-age psychodrama by Peter Jinks. The titular character is the 17-year-old son (Jamie Bell) of a wealthy Scottish businessman

Overview

With Hallam Foe, British director Peter MacKenzie and scripter Ed Whitmore adapt the 2002 novel of the same name, a quirky, bittersweet, coming-of-age psychodrama by Peter Jinks. The titular character is the 17-year-old son (Jamie Bell) of a wealthy Scottish businessman (Ciarán Hinds). Still rattled by the death of his mom (who drowned in a nearby loch), Hallam retreats into a deep-seated fantasy world. He harbors amorous feelings for his new stepmother, Verity (Claire Forlani), until he gradually concludes that she murdered his biological mother. Hallam nonetheless lets himself be seduced into an affair with Verity, and is so repulsed by this transpiration that he flees to Edinburgh. His life turns a corner, however, when he spots -- and instantly becomes infatuated with -- Kate (Sophia Myles), a local girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to his mother. After he talks her into giving him a routine job in the kitchen of the hotel that she manages, they become romantically involved, ever so gradually, which spells trouble for Hallam's emotional state by thoroughly overwhelming and confusing him -- and deeper trouble still when Kate's married lover (Jamie Sives) discovers that Hallam has been spying diligently on Kate from his perch in a nearby bell tower. Ewen Bremner co-stars as the bellhop supervisor at the hotel.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2008
UPC:
0876964001472
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Magnolia
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
61,193

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind the scenes; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jamie Bell Hallam Foe
Sophia Myles Kate
Ciarán Hinds Julius Foe
Jamie Sives Alasdair
Maurice Roeves Raymond
Ewen Bremner Andy
Claire Forlani Verity
Ruthie Milne Jenny
John Paul Lawler Carl
Lucy Holt Lucy
Malcolm Shields Actor
John Comerford Actor
Gerry Cleary Actor
Paul Blair Actor
Neil McKinven Actor
Stuart Hepburn Actor
Kirsty Shepheard Actor

Technical Credits
David Mackenzie Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Gillian Berrie Producer
Trisha Biggar Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Brill Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Carlton Executive Producer
Kahleen Crawford Casting
Lenny Crooks Executive Producer
Caroline Grebbell Art Director
Des Hamilton Casting
Matthew Justice Executive Producer
Douglas MacDougall Sound/Sound Designer
Colin Monie Editor
Giles Nuttgens Cinematographer
Angus Pigott Associate Producer
Duncan Reid Executive Producer
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
Tom Sayer Production Designer
Carole Sheridan Executive Producer
Peter Touche Executive Producer
Ed Whitmore Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mister Foe
1. Glasgow [5:43]
2. To Australia [9:59]
3. Fly the Nest [7:27]
4. The City [10:38]
5. Rooftops [9:40]
6. Permanent [8:01]
7. Signature [9:51]
8. Her Apartment [3:49]
9. Mr. Foe [5:00]
10. Get Out! [3:00]
11. A Habit [10:35]
12. I Did Nothing [11:36]

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Mister Foe 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
MISTER FOE (aka HALLAM FOE) is another dark film about buried pain and insecurities, much like director David Mackenzie's YOUNG ADAM. Mackenzie is also responsible for the crackling screenplay adapted from the novel by Peter Jinks, the story of a young lad named Hallam (Jamie Bell) damaged by his mother's death/?suicide to the point where he separates himself from the world by living in a tree house, observing his father (Ciarán Hinds) in his too rapid replacement of Hallam's mother with the dangerous Verity (Claire Forlani). A bizarre 17-year-old, Hallam attacks his fears and the world dressed in a manner of beast like costumes, all to assuage his grief for his mother's death. When Verity's behavior drives Hallam from his elegant home, he retreats to Edinburgh, becoming a boy of the streets. One day he spies a woman named Kate (Sophia Myles) who greatly resembles his dead mother and he begins stalking her, spying on her in every conceivable way until he convinces her to hire him in her hotel as a kitchen porter. Proximity feeds obsession and Hallam discovers that Kate is having an affair with a married hotel executive, the result of which is a clash with reality, and Hallam must confront his Oedipal desires with his coming to grips with the reality of his grief for this deceased mother. The discovery he makes with Kate transfers to his relationship with his own family and opens doors for growth rather than maintaining his jail-like mental anguish.

The story is bizarre and very dark at times, but the performance by Jamie Bell, well accompanied by those of Hinds, Forlani, Myles et al, make this tale of coming of age fascinating. The art direction (Caroline Grebbell), cinematography (Giles Nuttgens) and musical score (as concocted by Matt Biffa from performers such as Future Pilot A.K.A.) enhance the production - maintaining the high standards set by Mackenzie. Hallam is a lad we grow to love despite his kooky behavior: few other actors could inhabit this role with the élan of the considerably talented Jamie Bell. Recommended. Grady Harp