January 19, 2006

The Trailer Park: On a Clear Day

On April 7th, Focus Features will be releasing On a Clear Day, in limited release. After seeing the trailer, I am hoping that it comes to my area, if not initially, at some point down the line. It looks like a delightful film about a man at a crossroads.

The film is about Frank, a lifelong shipbuilder in Glasgow, who finds himself fired. With no job, and no direction, he does not know what to do, and is too proud to ask for any help. A side comment from one of his friends, he gets an idea. Frank decides he is going to swim the English Channel, twenty miles of frigid water with France on the other side. His friends help him train for his adventure, while he keeps it secret from his family. This secret, of course, creates strain on his family, until they find out about it.

The trailer makes the film look highly enjoyable. A drama with comedic touches that portrays a man looking for direction. Something that I like about what I saw is that it is distinctly not a Hollywood picture. There are no big theatrics or explosions, or themes that beat you over the head. The cast is not populated with the young and the pretty, quite the opposite, it focuses on everyday people, people who have a lot of life experience, yet still have problems. It is a breath of fresh air.

The film stars Peter Mullan as Frank, he is an actor that I have seen previously in the excellent thriller, Session 9. His costars include 2 time Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn and 3 time former Hobbit Billy Boyd. The film was directed by Gaby Dellal, a director I have not heard of before, but going by the trailer paints an interesting canvas with his adult drama.

Check out the trailer:
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