Somers Town

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Directed by Shane Meadows
Great Britain / 2008 / 71'
Cast
Thomas Turgoose (Tomo), Ireneusz Czop (Mariusz), Piotr Jagiello (Marek), Perry Benson (Graham), Elisa Lasowski (Maria), Kate Dickie (Jane), Wojciech Olczak, Wojtek Macierznski (gli amici polacchi)

In Somers Town, a London neighborhood by St Pancras rail station, young Tom, who had nothing to keep him back home in Nottingham, encounters Marek, a young Polish immigrant with nothing to fill his days. It’s a mismatched friendship: Tom (dubbed Tomo by Marek) is full of youthful swagger and Marek, an amateur photographer who lives with his disciplinarian father, is more introspective and cautious. Their dynamic is uneasy and awkward at first as each teen believes himself to be the more mature, but a genuine rapport develops between the two. W hen Tomo and Marek both fall for the same girl, the common ground between them is further solidified. Shane moves from his usual Midlands setting down to London for Somers Town, but he explores territory quite familiar to him: the working class and fathers and sons. Thomas Turgoose, who stars as Tom, manages to be cocky and vulnerable at the same time, whether he’s wearing a tracksuit or a housedress, and he lives up to the expectations of the most promising newcomer prize he received from the British Independent Film Awards for This is England.

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