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Mister Foe Scottish DVD Review

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Dysfunctional Family Drama on DVD Features Teen Peeping Tom


17 year-old Hallam Foe (Jamie Bell) hasn't been the same since his mother was found floating in a loch on the family's sprawling estate. While her official cause of death was deemed suicide by sleeping pills, Hallam has good reason to suspect otherwise. After all, only a few months later, his father, Julius (Ciaran Hinds), a famous architect, married his young secretary, Verity (Claire Forlani).

Strangely, Hallam is as much physically attracted to his step-mom as he is repulsed by her because he's convinced that she's a murderer. These unresolved competing tensions gradually take a toll on his tortured soul, and result in his indulging a variety of perversions.

For instance, while alone in his room, he puts on his mother's favorite dress and smears her lipstick on his face and around his nipples. But he is also something of a voyeur whose M.O. involves secretly watching women undress with binoculars.
Anyhow, Hallam realizes it's time to leave town after a verbal confrontation with Verity turns carnal. Next thing you know, he's trying to survive on the streets of Glasgow until he lands in the good graces of Kate (Sophia Myles), a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to his dearly-departed mum. The head of human resources for a big a hotel, she hires Hallam as a busboy who develops an Oedipal crush he feels conflicted about consummating.

This ambivalence gives the boy a good excuse to break out his binoculars, and he starts stalking his fresh prey in a slight variation on the theme he'd just escaped from back home. A kinky character study in a difficult to diagnose personality disorder which works because of the convincing performance of a brooding Jamie Bell in his most memorable outing since Billy Elliot.

Excellent (3.5 stars)
Rated R for nudity and sexuality.
Running time: 96 minutes
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
DVD Extras: Deleted scenes and a "Behind-the-Scenes" featurette.

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