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16 Years of Alcohol

16 Years of Alcohol
  • 2003
  • UK
  • 102 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Richard Jobson
  • Cast: Ewen Bremner, Laura Fraser, Susan Lynch

Family dysfunction, alcoholism, violence, mental instability and much more form the centre of Jobson's semi-autobiographical writing/directing debut. Thirtysomething former hard man Frankie Mac (McKidd) reflects upon his troubled youth. Jobson has sought to make beauty out of ugliness and has crafted an unashamedly poetic film. Kar Wai is his touchstone, but this powerful, moving film certainly stands alone as a major achievement. In terms of Scottish cinema it is unique.

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