Awesome movie, really depicts the true grittiness of the underclass in a judgemental and tough Scotland in 70's.
Don't be put off by the accents, most of the words are profanities and adds to the edginess of the screenplay......makes Trainspotting look a wee bit tame in comparison. I had the pleasure of spending most of my childhood-teen-adult life from mid 80's onwards in Edinburgh and experienced first hand the issues that encompass Scottish society and how the social housing (council estates) create a sub society of violence, underage drinking, sex, drug use and hopelessness. A great realistic film without the gloss of Hollywood a with great cast of unknowns....check out the cameo by the director Peter Mullan............solvent scene at the crucifix!
There isn’t much to save this movie from being a real dud apart from its final scene, which is imaginative, but it came far too late. The directing and writing are Ok, I think; it’s difficult to know, as it’s impossible to understand the actors. I understood one word in ten - if that. Set in Scotland the dialect is impenetrable and to not use subtitles is an indulgence bordering on arrogance.
Surprisingly good and well acted however hard to get over the strong Scottish accent.
The Scottish accent is very hard to understand.
Really dark and confrontimg. The story needs to be told. Helps one to feel thankful that your own problems are more escapable but prompts one to question society values that are quicksand to drown ambition and talent. "the great unwased" who exost in a world where recognition comes only as a companion to crime and destruction makes one sad. I didn't enjoy this movie but I needed to watch it. what I might do with that perspective I do not know.
A classic and nothing short of brilliant but found the strong Scottish brogue difficult to understand. Nevertheless you wouldn't have it any other way, it obviously has to stay totally authentic. Pathos and humour are featured side by side in this thinking persons movie. I love one of the comments at the end when their van breaks down in a Lion Park and the school kid replies to the Ranger when asked to get back in the van..."we haven't tooched yer fookin' lions".
Really good movie.Fantastic acting,well worth the watch.But warning For some people the strong scottish accent might be hard to follow throughout the movie.