I saw the film first. And then read the book by Alexander Trocchi. When I first watched the film, I did not realize how dirty it was. It took a reading of the novel to make me realize that it was a film based on a seriously seedy novel.
The film starts off on a barge on which the homely looking Tilda Swinton is seduced by a drifter (Ewan Mcgregor) who works on the barge. Swinton who owns the barge tells her husband (Peter Mullan, who also works on the barge) to leave and Mcgregor takes over as her full time lover. But he is soon bored by her mediocre and pedestrian ways. We are also shown his earlier life when his girlfriend accidentally dies. Mcgregor is in a moral quandary when an innocent man is accused of his girlfriend's "murder". But he simply drifts through the trial and proceeds to sleep with Swinton's sister. He sleeps around and does what he wants to while an innocent man is sentenced for the "murder".
I guess we are supposed to be shocked by the immoral ways of the protagonist. But Alexander Trocchi was a heroin addict in real life who lived off his prostitute wife. So I wouldn't be surprised if all this really happened to him. He inspired future Scottish writers like Irvine Welsh whose books are seriously messed up. Most of these writers are messed up people. Nothing wrong with that. Literature and art are not for the timid.
I loved the film's setting. I have not seen too many films that take place on a barge. There are some really beautiful locations like the inn where Mullan and Mcgregor drink at during a stopover. The love making scenes with Swinton and Mcgregor are terrific. It is a very erotic film. I strongly recommend it.
Action / Crime / Drama
Action / Crime / Drama
Joe, a rootless young drifter, finds work on a barge travelling between Glasgow and Edinburgh, owned by Les and his wife Ella. One afternoon they discover the corpse of a young woman floating in the water. Accident? Suicide? Murder? As the police investigate and suspect is arrested, we discover that Joe knows more than he is letting on. Gradually we learn of Joe's past relationship with the dead woman. Meanwhile an unspoken attraction develops between Joe and Ella, heightening the claustrophobic tensions in the confined space of the barge.
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