1 August 2004 | stelres
A stunning, innovative and exceptionally well acted film.
This astonishing film based on Graham Swift's novel, "Shuttlecock," captures the essence of Swift's unmercifully precise but poignant dissection of a father/son relationship in a series of emotionally brutal outbursts and nightmarish flashbacks before pulling both men to a point of resolution - for good or ill. No spoilers here but you won't be sorry you stayed the course.
Although a bit uneven, the film is visually stunning, innovative and exceptionally well acted, especially by the principals. The late Alan Bates, once again, proves to be the past master of the enigmatic in all its guises. As the father, Bates slips into psychosis as naturally as picking up the morning newspaper while the harried and self-loathing son (Lambert Wilson) struggles to reach into his father's past as his own life unravels. An artful, ambitious film well worth seeing on many levels.
While striving to solve a mystery, the film creates on of its own. Why has this truly excellent film (shown on UK TV) never been released to theaters? There are hints in the Alan Bates Archive but is that really the whole story? This film cries out to be seen!