Director: Mike Leigh
Cast: David Thewlis, Katrin Cartlidge
An unemployed Mancunian with a smattering of education steals a car and heads off to London where his ex-girlfriend lives. There he seduces her flatmate and is soon roaming the streets dispensing vitriolic asides.
As ever a highly controlled piece of directing/acting, with a riveting central performance. Leigh intended to convey an emptied-out idealism rather than cynicism as such, but it is a nice distinction.