Just caught up with Shane Meadows’ This Is England (2006), the odd, violent, chokingly funny & very sad coming-of-age of a 13 year old skinhead in Thatcher’s Britain, filmed in Nottingham & Grimsby. It’s difficult to cheer, shout with laughter & cry for the whole human race all at the same time; but two scenes between Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) & his girlfriend Smell, played by Rosamund Hanson, caused me to do this. 20 hours later, I still have to endure the trauma of acute bouts of smiling. (Partly because I’ve got Toots & the Maytalls’ contribution to the soundtrack playing on repeat.)
Also caught this week: Frozen River. Liked that too.