Flashbacks of a Fool

Flashbacks of a Fool

Flashbacks of a Fool

In this British drama, Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) plays an aging Hollywood star, Joe Scott, who lives a life of narcissistic hedonism. The death of his childhood friend takes him on an extended flashback to a British sea-side town in the '70s where, as a teenager (played by Harry Eden), he undertook a tragic journey of sexual and emotional discovery.

Directed by Brit Baillie Walsh, the mastermind behind videos for Bjork and Massive Attack. Set to a glam-rock '70s soundtrack including tracks by Roxy Music, David Bowie and Scott Walker.

2008Rating: R16, contains violence , offensive language, violence, drug use, sex scenes110 minsUK
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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Most of our emotional journey takes place during Joe's teenage years, but the impact is equally strong when we return to the present day for the final resolution. It is credit to both Eden and Craig that we care for Joe as much as we do.

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Total Film

Total Film

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It's a fool's paradise for Craig as his fading filmstar looks back on how teenage hormones lead to tragedy. Walsh doesn't fritter away Daniel's magnanimity, but the lurch between Hollywood washout and ramshackle English adolescence needs more to bond present and past together.

2.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Wispy melodrama.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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A curiously pointless exercise...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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English coastal rites of passage tale lost at sea.

2.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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An array of small successes can’t support the crushing weight of the malformed screenplay. Not a complete loss by any means, though, and Walsh is a talent to keep an eye on.

2.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

The film almost works, but self-indulgence and a lack of any real drama stopped Flashbacks from reaching out and grabbing me.

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BBC

BBC

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Bewildered by testosterone, then booze, and then regret, there is little beyond his looks to compel about Joe, leaving a hollowness at the heart of the film.

3.0
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Dire. In all respects. Give this film a Razzie in every category. But especially the screenwriter - oh the writing!!! How Daniel Craig ended up in this is anyone's guess - I think he must have lost a bet with someone.

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I saw this movie yesterday, with my reluctant husband! Reluctant because he likes action movies (James Bond is his style) and I like art house dramas and it was my turn to choose. I choose it because it was given an excellent review on the Good Morning Show. I'd like to say that we BOTH enjoyed this movie. Basically, its a story about forgiving yourself but...

4.0
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Just watched this in the Uk great flick.. Daniel Craig post bond has been even better, about time! great watch.

4.0
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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Most of our emotional journey takes place during Joe's teenage years, but the impact is equally strong when we return to the present day for the final resolution. It is credit to both Eden and Craig that we care for Joe as much as we do.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

It's a fool's paradise for Craig as his fading filmstar looks back on how teenage hormones lead to tragedy. Walsh doesn't fritter away Daniel's magnanimity, but the lurch between Hollywood washout and ramshackle English adolescence needs more to bond present and past together.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Wispy melodrama.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A curiously pointless exercise...

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

English coastal rites of passage tale lost at sea.

2.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An array of small successes can’t support the crushing weight of the malformed screenplay. Not a complete loss by any means, though, and Walsh is a talent to keep an eye on.

2.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

The film almost works, but self-indulgence and a lack of any real drama stopped Flashbacks from reaching out and grabbing me.

0
BBC

BBC

press

Bewildered by testosterone, then booze, and then regret, there is little beyond his looks to compel about Joe, leaving a hollowness at the heart of the film.

3.0
0

Dire. In all respects. Give this film a Razzie in every category. But especially the screenwriter - oh the writing!!! How Daniel Craig ended up in this is anyone's guess - I think he must have lost a bet with someone.

0

I saw this movie yesterday, with my reluctant husband! Reluctant because he likes action movies (James Bond is his style) and I like art house dramas and it was my turn to choose. I choose it because it was given an excellent review on the Good Morning Show. I'd like to say that we BOTH enjoyed this movie. Basically, its a story about forgiving yourself...

4.0
0

Just watched this in the Uk great flick.. Daniel Craig post bond has been even better, about time! great watch.

4.0
0