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January 01, 2009

Young Adam

Young adam Much has been made of Ewan McGregor's nude scenes with Tilda Swinton in director David Mackenzie's barren tale of adultery, death, and civic duty set on a barge traveling between Glasgow and Edinburgh. But nudity is perhaps the only intriguing element in this ponderous and torpid story about Joe (McGregor), a young drifter who takes work on a barge operated by a husband and wife (Peter Mullan and Tilda Swinton) after the mysterious death of his ex-girlfriend. Joe seduces Ella practically in her husband's presence and the two begin a doomed affair that distracts Joe from court proceedings against a man believed to have murdered his former girlfriend.         

Rated NC-17. 99 mins. (C) (Two Stars)

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