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"acid house" (1998) - paul mcguigan
posted on 4-Mar-2002 by anton

unfortunately I have missed one in the local theatre about a year ago, but finally snagged it last night at the local videostore.

this film is based upon three short stories by irwin welsh (the author of "trainspotting" book). it is much reminiscent of other movies of this style - with their trashy décor (at some point I had to remind myself that it was not a stylization, things actually look that shitty, and people actually are that fucked up), soccer "tiffozi" fans, gritty, saturated colors, and marvelous scottish pronunciation. they actually had english subtitles for all three stories that proved to be incredibly helpful.

the story with spud (ewen bremner) from "trainspotting" was the last and the very best one. funny as hell, when he switches bodies with a new born baby. just imagine spud kicking and screaming in a hospital bed, and his little alter ego, swearing like a madman (or a copy of chucky doll), demanding grown up food and pub trips. I think it was the most "lightweight" one, while others were quite depressing pieces where everything possible goes wrong for the characters. I have to admit that I was glad they made some of those as rough as they were, but at the same time was wondering if they have strayed from artistic perspective towards the shocking exploitation.

interestingly enough, I remember watching some other british/scottish films during a little festival here a year or two ago, and in all of them the heroes were from run-down slums, without culture, education, jobs, plans. I wonder why that aesthetics is so interesting these days? I thought that particular social niche has been explored quite thoroughly a few years ago. after all, it might not be for the exploration sake, but simply a way of life, and they are not trying to say anything in that respect. anyone remembers "la haine"?

in any case, it is an amusing film with three separate stories, grotesquely realistic, violent, and not without a touch of exhilarating insanity. scottish makes up for a nice anthropology trip. if you do not mind some cultural slumming coupled with some nicely delinquent imagination, this would be a nice one to see.

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