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Metroland A kind of British American Beauty, this smartly acted adaptation of the angsty Julian Barnes novel concerns a young father (Bale) who seeks...MetrolandDrama, RomanceR A kind of British American Beauty, this smartly acted adaptation of the angsty Julian Barnes novel concerns a young father (Bale) who seeks...1999-10-22
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Metroland

Genre: Drama, Romance; Starring: Christian Bale, Emily Watson; Director: Philip Saville; MPAA Rating: R

A kind of British American Beauty, this smartly acted adaptation of the angsty Julian Barnes novel concerns a young father (Bale) who seeks an escape from suburban stagnation after receiving a visit from a hedonistic old chum (Lee Ross). Watson’s beguiling performance (as Bale’s wife) and welcome dashes of surrealism enliven this insightful portrait of an evolving marriage.

Reel Goodies

(0:05 and 0:36) Yearning for his youth, Bale flashes back to a Blow-Up-esque photo/make-out session with an alluring Frenchwoman.

The Last Detail

Metroland’s eclectic score is by guitarist Mark Knopfler, whose 1979 hit with Dire Straits, ”Sultans of Swing,” can be heard in a bar scene. B+