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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Beats

2019, Brian Welsh, UK, 102 min.
With Cristian Ortega, Lorn Macdonald

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 27th 6:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 30th 8:00pm

"It's miraculously authentic...exploding with energy and emotion."—Alex Godfrey, Time Out London

"An infectiously enjoyable slice of knockabout nostalgia...the biggest word-of-mouth hit at this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam."—Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

A bittersweet last-hurrah-of-adolescence story à la AMERICAN GRAFFITI and DAZED AND CONFUSED is doused with the gritty regional naturalism of Ken Loach and Shane Meadows in this critically acclaimed Scottish film. The time is 1994, the setting is a dead-end West Lothian town, and the heart of the film is the bromance between two 15-year-old boys: gangly, gonzo Spanner (Macdonald) and short, serious Johnno (Ortega), whose more upscale family is about to move to a better neighborhood. Though temperamentally opposed, the boys share a love of techno music. Sensing that their friendship is coming to an end, they head for an epic illegal rave party, with the police and Spanner's abusive older brother in hot pursuit. The film's pièce de résistance is the rave itself, which unleashes a ten-minute tidal wave of pulsating frenzy that puts scores of more conventional strobe-and-techno scenes to shame. In Scottish-accented English with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Music Box Films. (MR)

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