Brimstone & Treacle (Sous-titres français)
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|Genre||Kids & Family|
|Format||Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Letterboxed, Subtitled|
|Contributor||Peter Hannan, Benjamin Whitrow, Elizabeth Bradley, Hugh Walters, Sting, Joan Plowright, Tim Preece, Naim Attallah, Richard Loncraine, Denholm Elliott, Dennis Potter, Alan E. Salke, Paul Green, Suzanna Hamilton, Charles Orme, Dudley Sutton, Kenith Trodd, Christopher Fairbanks, Mary MacLeod, Herbert F. Solow See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 27 minutes|
The movie features a middle-aged middle-class couple living in a north London suburb whose life has been catastrophically affected by a hit-and-run accident which has left their beautiful undergraduate daughter totally dependent upon them, but their lives are dramatically changed by the arrival of a mysterious young stranger. Written by Dennis Potter Directed by Barry Davis Starring Michael Kitchen Denholm Elliott, Patricia Lawrence, Michelle Newell Country of origin United Kingdom Original language(s) English
- Aspect Ratio : 1.66:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 19.05 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm; 90.72 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : 1005203
- Director : Richard Loncraine
- Media Format : Subtitled, NTSC, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 27 minutes
- Release date : Sept. 16 2003
- Actors : Sting, Denholm Elliott, Joan Plowright, Suzanna Hamilton, Benjamin Whitrow
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : Fox Video (Canada) Limited
- Producers : Alan E. Salke, Charles Orme, Herbert F. Solow, Kenith Trodd, Naim Attallah
- ASIN : B00009Y3N6
- Country of origin : USA
- Writers : Dennis Potter
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,242 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Richard Loncraine has style to burn and he fills the screen with expertly crafted compositions and he has a nice tendency to use slightly wide-angle lenses to make everyday objects take on a malevolent aspect; he knows how to shoot STING, in order to make him look sinister, that is for sure. Bravo.
Over the years i have shown this to many, many different people and it always captivates them and holds their attention from the first frame to the last. i would have to say this is my favorite of anything Dennis Potter has written to hit the cinema screens, ever. Course, that's not saying much. He is a difficult artist do do justice to, but BRIMSTONE & TREACLE delivers the goods. In spades. Its darkly funny and also thoroughly squirm-inducing in places. The acting is all first rate; Denholm Elliot is magnificent as the repressed and domineering husband; he projects a marvelous snse of twitchy hostility and discomfort; watching him agonize is one of the films strange pleasures. And Sting is fantastic. I think a lot of people here on the IMDb are being unfair to him because of his pop stardom, but I think he delivers an excellent performance, full of sly menace and sinister charm. I think he should be commended for playing such a morally dubious character, and so well! So, kudos to Mr Gordon Sumner! And what can I say about Joan Plowright except that every time I look into her eyes I fall in love! She is such a gifted actress that she simply becomes her character; sad, sweet, ultimately optimistic--in short, the archetypal Mother. Good stuff, indeed.
There is certainly room for speculation, particularly with the title that the film has, that the author is trying to suggest that Martin Taylor's role is not entirely evil yet not entirely good either. Rather than painting him as a demon or an angel, he is more of a character who simply sheds light on things. I consider this to be one of Sting's best film performances if not *the* best, out of his rather lackluster (and I say that with sadness, because I am a fan) movie career. I would recommend this movie to any Sting fan or any follower of Denholm Elliot's career, anyone who enjoys dark and/or indie films and definitely anyone who enjoys trying to crack a good mystery.
Critique: Part fairy tale, part religious parable, this creepy, atmospheric film is highlighted by a wickedly perverse turn by Sting (lead singer of rock group 'The Police'). What makes his character such a bizarre figure is that his motives are unknown, his appetites unresolved. I think Martin is just a thief, passing himself as anyone's friend just to have a place to stay. A sort of pickpocket. He's also a sexual deviant who doesn't mind how he gets it, either from an invalid or an old woman. The film portrays him as an avenging angel-type brought into Tom's household to uncover some truths. Interesting direction by Richard Loncraine (is this his film debut?) who works from a play adapted by Dennis Potter (who's own sexually dubious works are to be questioned). 'The Police', along with 'The Go-Gos' provided the music.