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A Home At The End Of The World
15A Home At The End Of The World (2004)

updated 01 November 2004
reviewer's rating
3 out of 5
Reviewed by Neil Smith
average user rating
2 Star


Director
Michael Mayer
Writer
Michael Cunningham
Stars
Colin Farrell
Dallas Roberts
Robin Wright Penn
Sissy Spacek
Erik Smith
Length
97 minutes
Distributor
Warner Brothers
Cinema
05 November 2004
Country
USA
Genre
Drama
Web Links
Official site


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Already notorious as the film from which Colin Farrell's manhood was cruelly chopped, A Home At The End Of The World manages perfectly well without that absent full-frontal flash - reportedly snipped because test audiences found it too distracting. Indeed, Michael Mayer's slow-burning relationship drama is revealing enough without such shock tactics. While the rambling storyline and extended time-frame betrays the script's novelistic roots, soulful performances from Farrell, Sissy Spacek and newcomer Dallas Roberts make this a rich and emotionally rewarding experience.

In 1967 Cleveland, nine-year-old Bobby Morrow (Andrew Chalmers) sees his family life shattered when his beloved older brother dies in a freak household accident. Seven years later, the teenage Bobby (Erik Smith) finds a surrogate family when he befriends gawky, confused adolescent Jonathan (Harris Allan).

"A MATURE, HEARTFELT AND INTIMATE PIECE"

These early scenes of tentative experimentation with sex and drugs - the latter revealed in a delightful interlude with Jonathan's pot-smoking mom (Spacek) - are undoubtedly the most accomplished in Mayer's quietly impressive debut feature, and they supply a firm foundation for the more diffused second half, charting the boys' uneasy passage into maturity.

In fact, the film is a third over before we meet the grown-up Bobby (Farrell in a hilarious hippy wig), whose attempts to create a new, unconventional family unit with the adult, openly gay Jonathan (Roberts) and flame-haired wild-child Clare (Robin Wright Penn) unfold against the decadent backdrop of 80s New York.

Adapted from his own book by The Hours' Michael Cunningham, A Home At The End of The World demands a certain quota of patience and goodwill from the viewer in order to cast its spell. Meet it halfway, though, and you'll find a mature, heartfelt and intimate piece that, if nothing else, shows what an impressive performer Farrell can be when he stops hell-raising long enough to focus on the job at hand.

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