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Keeping Mum [2005]
Keeping Mum [2005]
Entertainment in Video, DVD, 20 March, 2006
Director: Niall Johnson
Actors: Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott-Thomas
Features: Anamorphic, PAL
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Customer Reviews

Suberbly Dark
I watched this film a few days ago in Film Studies at college, and while I am used to the kind of "laugh-out-loud" comedy, I was chuckling all throughout this movie.

It is the perfect combination of brilliant actors (Rowan Atkinson, Kristen Scott-Thomas, Maggie Smith, Patrick Swayze), amazingly in-depth characters (the bumbling but good-natured vicar, the neglected wife, and, most importantly, the polite, loving housekeeper with a secret dark side and disturbing motives for making peace to the family), hilarious one-liners ("That's what my Doctor keeps telling me. It's the one thing we can never agree on", "Can I get you some?" and "That flower-arranging commitee will be the death of her") and just an overall funny, carefree but dark atmosphere throughout.

Undoubtably a must-have for any fans of dark comedy, or even just comedy in general.

Good British drama
This British drama focuses upon Gloria Goodfellow (Kristen Scott Thomas). Wife of a reverend, Gloria finds her marriage boring and seeks help in the arms of another man, Lance (Swayze).

Keeping Mum is a typical British film, focusing on serious issues such as marriage, religion and families.

The British genre is one of my favourites. From the wonderful political drama Brassed Off to the hard hitting Trainspotting, British cinema has established itself in the film industry and whereas this 2005 film isn't as controversial as other British films, it has issues encoded and a strong message to send out to viewers.

Thomas' (Four weddings and a funeral) role as Gloria is by far the most interesting as she battles with life, trying to cope with a serious husband and a daughter who has a different boyfriend every week. Her comfort is found in Patrick Swayze's (Point Break) arms. The ideology of the affair is portrayed in an interesting way and is worth observing.

The reverend has to get his confidence up, the daughter battles with her boyfriends and her family and the son has to face up to bullying. It's a family with many issues and these issues are portrayed well, quite dramatically at points to, but as usual British cinema doesn't shy away from making its point.

Maggie Smith's (Harry Potter) role is interesting and a good character for the plot. However the film, I believe, would have been so much more interesting if it had focused on her more, she is not in the film nearly enough to make an impact.

The acting, setting, direction and issues are all good but the film doesn't have much excitement. There are spells when it is flat. It's not the most interesting of films, there isn't much action and is character driven. However the humour is good and overall is a good British film

film review
This is the sort of movie you may stumble upon with no preconceptions. I personally found it on TV recently and was blown away. It is simply a marvel! A perfectly timed piece of black comedy and dark edged drama. None of the ensemble performances can be faulted. Each gives just enough to drive the story at an excellent pace; even Atkinson has been rained in superbly, that reminds one of his early stage-based improvisations as oppossed to his weaker Hollywood work of late. For once, audiences get to see the work of excellent direction (nimbly delivered here by Niall Johnson) as clearly as they can see such a wonderful cast work so well. Brilliant!

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