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Naked (1993)

Directed by:
Mike Leigh
COUNTRY
United Kingdom

GENRE
Drama/Black comedy

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Naken

RUNNING TIME
131 minutes

Produced by:
Simon Channing Williams
Written by:
Mike Leigh


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Johnny Fletcher David Thewlis
Louise Clancy Lesley Sharp
Sophie Katrin Cartlidge
Jeremy G. Smart / Sebastian Hawk Greg Cruttwell

Sandra the nurse

Claire Skinner

Brian, the security guard

Peter Wight
Archie, the Scotsman with a tic Even Bremner
Maggie Susan Vidler -
The Cafe Girl Gina McKee

Giselle

Elizabeth Berrington -

 

Review

This was the movie which put Mike Leigh on the map internationally, with his first BAFTA nomination as well as the best director award and a nomination for Palme d'Or at Cannes, and even 30 years after its release it's still easy to see why. On one level, Naked is a social commentary about the hopelessness of young adults in urban areas of the United Kingdom around this time. On another level, it's a film which creates its own universe and spins an extraordinary parable of carnality, nihilism and aimlessness circled around Johnny Fletcher (David Thewlis), one of the most idiosyncratic characters in film history. He beguiles you with his haphazard intellectualism and repulses you with his selfish ill-treatment of others, particularly women. Johnny may well be both part of the problem and part of the answer, claims Leigh. And perhaps we shall all be grateful that there are hopeless romantics like his ex-girlfriend Louise (Lesley Sharp) who are prepared to give him another chance. We all might need it one day.

Copyright 19.12.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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