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Message  Luce le Jeu 26 Mar 2009 - 16:38

Revue du Tribeca Film Festival (25 avril-7 mai 2006)
Par Frank J. Avella (New York Cool.com)
Middletown - the name of the small town in the gritty new film by Brian Kirk - is an unrelentingly grim yet powerful tale of two Irish brothers: one strongly persuaded, at a young age, to be a man of the cloth, the other stuck in the working man’s life of strife and survival.

Beginning in a deliberately mundane but compelling manner, this highly personal drama slithers itself under your skin and then explodes in astonishing ways as the favorite son returns home and we slowly witness the Old Testament spouting religious zealot he has become. Never has a priest or preacher in a non-horror movie appeared so frightening, so monstrous.

As the arrogant, hubristic Gabriel, Matthew Macfadyen is wholly unrecognizable from his formidable and talentueux leading man turn in last year’s highly successful Pride and Prejudice. Here Macfadyen seethes with a growing wrath that is genuinely hair-raising. And while we are never really privy to why Gabriel has gone maniacal (although strict adherence to scripture is hinted), Macfadyen provides us with enough of his inner life that the real answers are probably too terrifying to touch.

Middletown is admirably directed from a minimalist script by Daragh Carville. The camerawork is perfectly stark and evocative.

Daniel Mays is excellent as Gabriel’s far more human brother and Eva Birthistle proves formidable as his pregnant wife, but the film is, ultimately, a tour de force for Macfadyen.
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Middletown Review
Par Jamie Russel (Film4). Extraits.
MacFadyen smoulders in the lead role, playing a recently ordained minister who returns from missionary work in Africa to his home village and discovers a hotbed of sin and damnation. The villagers' crime? Cockfighting and Guinness-supping on the Sabbath! That's enough to prompt Gabriel into a frenzy of religious extremism as he turns his congregation against the local pub run by his heavily-pregnant sister-in-law (Birthistle) and alienates his brother (Mays) and father (McSorley) over their heathen ways. MacFadyen's performance is the centrepiece of Middletown and he delivers with gusto, throwing himself into a terrifying performance full of psychotic quirks. Whether killing rodents in the church or "cleansing" himself with steel wool, the Pride And Prejudice star proves remarkably unsettling, banishing the spirit of Mr Darcy once and for all. [...]
Verdict :
A dank, dark Gothic melodrama with a strong performance from MacFadyen.
Middletown toys with ideas of religious fundamentalism without really developing its theme.
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Middletown.
Par Mike Goodridge à New York (ScreenDaily.com, 27 Avril 2006). Extrait.
Macfadyen is compelling, never succumbing to caricature and investing Gabriel with a genuine conflict and devout faith that doesn't feel over-the-top until the fire-and-brimstone finale. Equally strong is Mays, an appealing actor whose masculine vulnerability work perfectly for Jim. Birthistle gives a spirited performance as the uncompromising Caroline, while McSorley does his customary good work as the father torn between heaven and earth.
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“Middletown and Driving Lessons”
Par Sara Brady (Source: PREMIERE.COM, 23 avril 2006, repris par ContentFilm).
The actors, including Gerard McSorley as the Hunter patriarch, are uniformly impressive, enacting what amounts to a morality play that leaves the audience with more questions than answers. [...]

It would be wrong to call this an enjoyable film, because the experience is visceral and even brutal at times, but it's a compelling one. I literally couldn't look away.
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Message  Luce le Mar 3 Mai 2011 - 22:06

Misery, Missed Opportunities and Middletown (2006), article de Jane Ruffino, paru dans la revue en ligne Estudios Irlandeses.
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Message  Luce le Mar 15 Nov 2011 - 17:46

Middletown Reviews (du 20 octobre au 5 novembre 2006, sur le site de MoVision).
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Message  Luce le Jeu 17 Mai 2012 - 6:54

Middletown (Empire online).
It’s interesting to see a film about religion in Ireland that doesn’t also feature terrorism or sectarianism, and Macfadyen injects depth as well as brimstone into his character. But while it’s beautifully shot in blues and greys, it feels a little too theatrical to ever quite fill the big screen.
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