The latest Kermode Uncut Film Club choice is Bill Forsyth's timeless masterpiece Local Hero. Here I explain why I love this film so much, along with anecdotes and recollections from the director himself. Watch the introduction and the movie and let me know what you think.

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  • Comment number 95. Posted by Colungus

    on 11 Apr 2013 01:53

    No one will ever read this, I suppose, as I'm a little late to the party, but I'll nevertheless tell you all how much I love this film. I've seen it any number of times, and on one visit to the UK (I'm Canadian), actually went on a minor pilgrimage to what I believed were the shooting locations. Never made it to Pennan - ended up in Mallaig, which I suppose was the beach location a hundred miles away. Oh well; it was still beautiful and magical, and as I stared out at (I think) Skye, the céilidh music from the soundtrack swelled in my head. Well, it was the 80s and I was seventeen, what do you want?

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  • Comment number 94. Posted by David Pascoe

    on 3 Dec 2012 19:47

    I always remembered Local Hero as being something of a video store standby in the late 80s with Peter Reigert walking in his bare feet in the water next to a phone box. I had, on the little I knew about the film, it down as exactly the kind of sentimental fare you said it was seen as being in your introduction. What a pleasant surprise it turned out to be though. I loved all of the non-conformities of the story and the way that the script avoided making the villagers into walking cliches or the oli-men into avaricious stereotypes. There was a patience and measuredness to the film, that made it so rich and enjoyable to watch, which was remarkable given that very little happens. Indeed, it achieved something extraordinary in that I found myself hoping that the deal would go through given how much the village wanted it. Pro-capitalism in a small town, that's not the way it usually is in films, is it? Ironically, the ending shows just how big companies can benefit communities without just throwing a sackful of cash at them.

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  • Comment number 93. Posted by CARL1978

    on 20 Nov 2012 21:18

    sorry all, I just realised I mixed up Charlton Heston and Burt Lancaster... oops

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  • Comment number 92. Posted by CARL1978

    on 20 Nov 2012 21:17

    please post a film club response to Local Hero, Dr K.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the film, very quirky characters and strange beginning with the crazy shrink in the US with Heston but when action switched to Scotland I found the film endearing and engaging in equal measure.

    Eagerly waiting to hear your next choice for film club

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  • Comment number 91. Posted by SuddenSummers

    on 12 Nov 2012 14:04

    Watched Local Hero for the first time last week and truly fell in love with it. I'm studying an MA Scriptwriting and desperately trying to hunt down the script, as it is a wonderful example of dead pan British comedic writing at its best.

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  • Comment number 90. Posted by JamesBallard21

    on 10 Nov 2012 13:07

    Good afternoon Doctor, I'm taking prescious time out of my day (I'm supposed to be writing two essays) to write an impassioned plea: can you please promote and re-appraise an often derided and forgotten Cronenberg film, M. Butterfly.

    Knowing that you are a massive Cronenberg fan, I'd be most interested to hear your views on one of his least successful movies. I'm sure many others would also. I find the film flawed, but beautiful in many ways. The rapport and relationship between Jeremy Irons and John Lone is mesmerising. Both actors perform so earnestly and honestly, they strip themselves to the core (Lone especially) and one finds themselves utterly drawn in. Yes, I know the factual basis of the film is pretty dubious, but Cronenberg directs their intimate moments and love, with such respect; it's almost painfully private. By juxtaposing the vast expanses of China with these stripped encounters in rooms - culminating with the unforgettable scene in the prison van - the overt political tone of the source text and indeed the context is rendered inconsequential, against the love of these two people. Cronenberg places this relationship at the core of the film and this is why, for me, it stand still to this day and remains an important and deeply moving text. Jeremy Irons is simply stunning and his final monologue is one of the greatest scenes in the last 20 years (alongside 'Shame', when Carey Mulligan and Fassbender 'have it out' on the sofa with cartoons on in the foreground). It would be fantastic to see what you have to say on this matter, even if you put it as briefly as a thumbs up or down at the end of your next video. Though it might be nicer for at least a thirty second quick one.

    Thanks a lot Mark.

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  • Comment number 89. Posted by Peter The Grate

    on 29 Oct 2012 11:42

    it's a nice film, fine. but i really can't work out why people get so excited about it - unless they wet themselves over seeing a bit of a Scotland or whatever. bored of hearing about this film again and again and again

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  • Comment number 88. Posted by Tachikoma

    on 16 Oct 2012 21:40

    I've just finnished watching it for the first time and I loved every minute of it, thank you Doctor K. you've introduced me to something truly wonderful.

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  • Comment number 87. Posted by DougWonnacott

    on 14 Oct 2012 14:02

    Loved it. The ringing telephone at the end reminded me of the unexplained gunshot at the end of The French Connection. It asks a question of which we do not need to know the answer.

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  • Comment number 86. Posted by Paul K

    on 12 Oct 2012 15:05

    I enjoyed the film. At first it seems like your typical duck out of water Businessman/woman stranger in a small village and the eccentricities of the village folk win over their cold heart. But I agree that there is a deeper charm to the film that goes beyond the superficial in that the main character DOESN'T end up staying at the village, quitting his job or telling his Boss to stick it. Instead he returns home to his ultimate fate with only memories and we are left with an ending that gives me goosebumps because I have found myself in similar situations and the final moments of the film with the soundtrack along with the city's sound effects is a touching moment.

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