Naked (1993)

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Director: Mike Leigh
Cast: David Thewlis, Katrin Cartlidge

Synopsis

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.

The Review

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.