Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In between his breakthrough film Life Is Sweet and his world sensation Secrets and Lies , filmmaker Mike Leigh created his most abrasive and daring film, Naked. An intellectual, bitter film filtered with debauchery and black humor, Naked follows the bemusing Johnny as he crosses in and out of doorways, drifting into old acquaintances and new lost souls. It is more of a character film than sheer entertainment and thus it can be hard to watch, but it offers one of the great performances of the s. Thewlis would have been an Oscar shoo-in if he'd worn a tuxedo and repressed his emotions. He didn't, and his brilliant work went unrecognized in mainstream America. Buy New.
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Naked is a British black comedy written and directed by Mike Leigh and starring David Thewlis as Johnny, a loquacious intellectual and conspiracy theorist. The film won several awards, including best director and best actor at Cannes. Naked marked a new career high for Leigh as a director and made the then-unknown Thewlis an internationally recognised star. In an alleyway of the UK city of Manchester , Johnny Fletcher has a sexual encounter with a married woman. Things get rough and ugly. Johnny Fletcher steals a car and then flees for Dalston , a "scrawny, unpretentious area" in the east of London. He seeks refuge at the home of his former Manchester girlfriend Louise.
There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very much like his own. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Skip to main content. Buy New. In Stock. Ships from and sold by DaaVeeDee. Add to Cart.