Dead Man's Shoes
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Après huit années d'absence, Richard et son frère cadet Andy, légèrement attardé, sont de retour dans leur ville natale. Une petite bande de dealers minables fait la loi, les mêmes que quelques années auparavant avaient brutalisé Andy. Si Richard est revenu, c'est pour se venger. Commence alors une implacable croisade sanguinaire qui n'épargnera personne.
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Tourné en video et avec très peu de moyens, le film met en scène une classique histoire de vengeance dans une paisible bourgade de Grande-Bretagne (on songe à GET CARTER - LA LOI DU MILIEU, entre autres). Mais l'approche est originale, en ce que le réalisateur prend le contrepied de la surenchère inhérente à ce genre d'histoire. Pas de cris, pas de gesticulations ici. Les truands sont de petits joueurs, de peu flamboyants "méchants", peureux et pas malins, rattrapés par leur passé. La réalisation est appropriée, d'une simplicité bienvenue, sans effets tapageurs. Les acteurs sont formidables, de Paddy Considine (24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE) jusqu'à chacune des petites frappes. L'ensemble est crédible, très juste, et baigne dans une sorte de réalisme poétique. Certaines scènes sont tout à fait impressionnantes de maîtrise (avec une constante économie de moyens, rappelons-le). Un film âpre, violent et beau à la fois. Excellents choix musicaux (de Calexico à M. Ward en passant par Laurent Garnier), utilisés avec parcimonie et à-propos.
Un vrai régal.
Petits soucis avec le DVD édité en France: au bout d'une heure de film, de sérieux problèmes de lecture surviennent. Il est possible de continuer la lecture en "zappant" trois minutes de film. Rageant (d'où mon retrait d'une étoile, car le film en vaut largement cinq).Lire la suite ›
Très bon film non denué d'humour d'ailleurs, et les bonus dont une interview du réalisateur, valent vraiment le détour. Nouvelle preuve que le cinéma d'outre manche se porte à merveille, et on est fort heureusement bien loin des films de genre américain formatés et aussitôt digérés ! Nul doute que ce "Dead man's shoes" ne vous laissera pas indifférent.
Le film ne perd pas de temps à expliquer "pourquoi?" et "comment ?" en début de film, donc on se retrouve très vite pris au jeu et on attend pas longtemps avant de voir un EXCELLENT Paddy considine en action.
C'est, pour ma part, un très bon point.
Un gros point aussi pour les petites originalités "visuelles" bien travaillées, sans abus, qui améliore grandement la qualité du film.
Les bonus sont super aussi.Le son et l'image impeccable.
Rien à redire, ça mérite un 5 éoiles !
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The subject of revenge has a lot of ground beneath it to philosophize and make smart films. But writers and directors don't always push the envelope, limiting themselves with a poor choice of story-lines and developments. Hence we get stupid exploitation flicks (no offence - I love them myself). But if creators of a picture are willing to use their brains at full - we get a chance to see outstanding examples of a very good quality cinema (I'd recall "Se7en" or "Unforgiven"). "Dead Man's Shoes" is absolutely such an example. It's a shame the film is not well known because it really deserves to be.
Richard is coming back from the army to his small town. He's got one thing on his mind - to punish the gang of local small-time drug dealers who bullied and tormented his younger retarded brother. And his vengeance will be severe... That's it, I'll say no more, because closer to the end the movie turns out to be not exactly what you expected it to be. It's thoughtful and extremely powerful, it has twists, it's an exploration of a man's madness, of his slow descent into insanity, it's about hangman and victim and about how difficult is sometimes to tell the difference. It raises serious questions and it will make you ponder. I was utterly surprised - what started as a banal vengeance movie then turned into something vicious, grave and not at all light-hearted. The acting was just compelling. Paddy Considine ("In America", "Cinderella Man") created a very truthful and unforgettable character, Toby Kebbel, whom I haven't seen before, was just amazing as mentally-challenged Anthony, and as a thug leader we can see Gary Stretch whose face you'll never forget if you've seen him once.
I haven't heard about director Shane Meadows before, but now I'm definately going to trace his career, for "Dead Man's Shoes" is not just one of the best British films I've seen, but it's one of the best films I've generally seen.
Try to catch this film, I'm sure you won't regret it.
Opening with this disturbing monologue the film "Dead Man's Shoes" has an authentic ring to its portrayal of thugs living in the midlands of England. A dark, disturbing but powerful drama of revenge "Dead man's Shoes" follows Richard (Paddy Constantine) a returning military vet who seeks revenge against a group of petty drug dealers who used and abused his developmentally disabled young brother. He begins terrorizing them by appearing in gas mask and military fatigues silently beckoning for one of the dealers to come outside. He then vandalizes their apartment and gradually escalates his private little war. What's unusual about this film is that it isn't your standard revenge flick. Clearly the director pulled from his personal experience. Evidently he was a skinhead and did more than his fair share of illegal things as a youth. He knows these people how they think talk and behave. Constantine gives a stunning performance as the vengeful angry Richard. Shot on film with a lot of handheld camera work the film has a vibrancy and immediacy that's lacking in what we see from Hollywood. Perhaps that just adds to the power of the film or makes it unconventional looking enough to make an impression either way despite the thick sometimes difficult to follow midland accents the film builds to a powerful conclusion by the end of its nearly two hour running time.
Those interested in extras read on the rest of you can skip this part. We get a featurette on the director Shane Meadows discussing his inspiration for and production of the film. We also get a commentary by Meadows, his star and co-writer Paddy Considine (who appeared on "Cinderella Man" recently) and producer Mark Herbert. It's an articulate and intelligent commentary track that occasionally strays to the obvious related to what we're seeing on the screen to discourse on the world that the trio drew inspiration from. We also get deleted scenes and an alternate ending for those that prefer to see director's second guessing themselves.
A powerful, fascinating revenge drama "Dead Man's Shoes" is more than a cut above most movies of this type due to the intense performance of Considine (and exceptional support from the rest of the cast) and Meadows' perceptive observations about these individuals. Well made and directed Meadows and Considine both have a promising future ahead of them based on watching this fine film. Terrific film that I'd recommend renting before buying to see if this is a film that you will watch again.
Not for everyone, perhaps (the reception in the US has been particularly poor), but one of the best low-budget British films in a long time. An excellent extras package, too.
The soundtrack to the movie is very well done and adds to the movie's sense of surreal meaning -- it has an almost spiritual quality to it. I don't mean that to sound gushing; I mean that the whole piece is almost religious in its tone, as if the characters occupying the movie are only too aware of the sins they have committed (even as they flee or embrace them). The acting is superb throughout, starting with Considine (who is very believable and very disturbing -- he makes you uncomfortable when he's staring at the other actors). Toby Kebbel's performance is absolutely seamless, while Gary Stretch (the villain Sonny) is intensely creepy and unnerving.
The relatively simple and even somewhat slow-moving plot is transcended by the cast and what they bring to the movie, elevating what has been horribly mischaracterized as a "slasher film" to the level of real drama. This is a movie that can put three men in a hallway carrying a samurai sword, a dagger, and a pistol-crossbow without seeming silly. (The only problem many viewers will have with this film is that the characters all have heavy British accents and speak in their native slang. There were times when I absolutely could not understand what was being said.) I started watching "Dead Man's Shoes" thinking it was a completely different movie, but was so drawn in by it that I could not turn away until the credits rolled.
Top of the acting bill with a ferociously direct performance is Paddy Considine, co-writer of the piece, and not far behind is the guy who plays his vulnerable brother. Worth a mention also is the very good performance of pro boxer turned actor Gary Stretch (a very good light middleweight with an excellent record who foolishly stepped up a division when in his prime to challenge for the world middleweight title in the 90s against the then unbeatable Chris Eubank, a move which ended his credibility as a top pro), showing what a good actor he's become, in a prominent role as the drug dealer who controls the area, the Mr. Big that revenger Richard wants to bag most of all. Great British stuff, way better than the London gangland thrillers of recent years, and the best example of raw and original British movie talent at the moment. It is already a classic and rightly so.
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