Somers Town

Somers Town

DVD - 2009
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Tomo, just turned sixteen, and released from social care, runs away to London from a lonely dificult life in the Midlands. Marek, a Polish immigrant, lives with his father who drinks with his friends most evenings after working on a construction site. Marek is a keen photographer, quiet and sensitive. He is not comfortable in his father's world. Both struggle to make sense of their new world, and a chance meeting in Somers Town, London leads the two to form an unexpected partnership.
Publisher: [New York] : Film Movement, [2009]
Branch Call Number: SOMERS TOWN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (70 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Uniform Title: Odd shoe


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Nov 12, 2014

Somers-Town is an actual place, a township within greater London. The town is known for it's massive passenger railroad station, offering connects to most parts of England and Scotland, and as home to European immigrant families for centuries. Not surprisingly then, of the two teenage boys who comprise the plot, one is an itinerant waif recently arriving by rail, claiming to have no family or home, and the other is the son of an apartment dwelling Polish immigrant blue collar worker. The two meet up by accident and -- despite having polar opposite personalities -- become fast friends. The story time-line is a 2-3 week slice of life of their developing friendship, during which nothing of real import happens, other than the daily goings-on and interactions with others in the town. Which is of course the point of the film, to give the viewer a chance to experience ordinary life in Somers Town, England, without having to actually go there. For that, It's a good film. Very good acting from the major characters. The only downside is the director's tendency to include a few unnecessarily crude scenes, for no apparent reason. After all, everybody knows teenage boys can be crude. Still, overall, worth a watch.

Mar 12, 2013

The film is in black and white. The acting was ok but I did not find that the plot really went anywhere.Two boys in challenging situations become friends. It did have the odd humorous moment but nothing like I was lead to expect from the write-up on the inside cover.
The short film Odd Shoe was ok but I get tired of the depiction of substance abuse that always seems to follow working class storylines.


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