Metroland

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Released 1997

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Metroland

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Director:
Philip Saville
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
Metroland is a 1997 British film directed by Philip Saville and starring Christian Bale and Emily Watson. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Julian Barnes. Chris (Bale) leads a mundane, predictable life with his wife Marion (Watson). When Chris' old friend Toni (Lee Ross) reappears in his life after a ten-year absence, Chris begins to question his reasons for abandoning the carefree ways of his youth. Chris and Toni lived a life of debauchery while living in Paris, and Toni attempts to bring Chris back to that. Chris' returned love of hedonism puts a strain on his marriage, and he begins to suspect Marion having an extra marital affair with Toni. Chris must then decide whether to continue living his comfortable life of monotony or to return abandon the roots he has planted in London. Metroland received moderate reviews from critics though most gave praise the work of Bale and Watson.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A satisfying story of love and marriage told with humor and insight.

  • 70

    Variety David Rooney

    A witty script and strong performances hoist Metroland beyond the confines of its rather standard, TV-style approach.

  • 60

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Its strongest assets, aside from a performance by Ms. Watson that pierces through the nonsense, are Mark Knopfler's fine, expressive score and the attractiveness of its star.

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