Another Country (1984) - Biography, Drama, Romance

Hohum Score

45

Bearable

Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Marek Kanievska
Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 6 out of 33 found boring (18.18%)

One-line Reviews (28)

An intriguing and thought-provoking film.

Some might think it slow and rather precious.

Its two leading characters, Guy (Rupert Everett) and Tommy (a very young Colin Firth), are so boringly aspirational.

Whether it be favouring Communism or infatuation over a fellow student, the two are so hopelessly dull and lose engagement over their audience relatively instantaneously.

This fictionalized story of infamous spy Guy Burgess' youth is a fascinating look at that very British institution, the public school with its young aristocrats luxuriating in their privileged lives.

Their incessant soliloquies, dreaming of 'breaking free', swiftly become tedious and over-rehearsed.

Forget the confusing matter of the film's ideological, biographical, theatrical or what stitches, see how it frames first love (we only come to see a handshake - has a handshake ever been so evocative?

We don't understand that now, being a more self-indulgent and immature society.

As a period piece showing the inner workings of a place like Eton College it is fascinating.

The movie is visually stunning, with beautiful cinematography.

"Another Country" was just another cliché British schoolboy film that went nowhere, gave us lucid characters, and confused us by being too smart than what it is.

The confusion muddled the point, and the misunderstanding of how anyone could choose to stay longer merely to become a "God" of a house left the central focus lost in my eyes.

Even at a running time of a mere 85 minutes, this film dragged on for far too long.

Stunning privilege intertwined with acute suffering.

He is awkward, boring, and honestly, a nothing.

On the downside, the story fails to fully explain why Guy became a Russian spy and his "old man" hair and make-up are truly ridiculous, but I still recommend the movie as an enjoyable look at traditional school life.

The result is a film that is detailed, rich, compelling and (in a strange way, despite the historical facts upon which the story is based) apolitical.

The onslaught of homosexuality was impressive to see in a film released in 1984, but midway through the feature it became cliché.

This is contrasted with the drab scenes of Moscow from where Guy Bennet recounts his story.

"Another Country" was dull, trite, and overly presumptuous of itself without giving the viewer any foresight into the world created.

OK, the end might, the chat about accepting your sexuality etc, be very much of its time and of the stage where the film originated, but the film is crisp and, despite its slowness, wonderfully alive.

By now, 30 years on, something of a curio, but enjoyable enough and well-made .

Beautiful and evocative period piece .

The running undercurrents of class, breeding, expectation and tradition are the key features of this moving and entertaining story showing the underbelly of a traditionally British educational establishment.

The movie is very enjoyable and it is worth a look.

T: (bored/amused) Get OFF.

I had seen the stage play and thoroughly enjoyed it.

What set my teeth against this film most recently was listening to the adolescent and empty-headed commentary by Rupert Everett as interviewed in one of the special features on the DVD release.