Director: Mike Leigh Run Time: 131 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1993
Starring: David Thewlis, Katrin Cartlidge, Lesley Sharp
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The brilliant and controversial NAKED stars David Thewlis as Johnny, a charming and eloquent but relentlessly vicious drifter. Rejecting anyone who might care for him, the volcanic Johnny hurls himself around London on a nocturnal odyssey, colliding with a succession of other desperate and dispossessed people and scorching everyone in his path. With a virtuoso script and raw performances from Thewlis and costars Katrin Cartlidge and Lesley Sharp, Leigh’s depiction of England’s underbelly is an amalgam of black comedy and doomsday prophecy that took the best director and best actor prizes at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.
“Naked is one of the most scorchingly compelling films in years, Mike Leigh’s masterpiece, an unflinching vision of civilization in retreat, life as apocalypse.” – Jay Carr, Boston Globe