Metroland

Synopsis: After ten years absence Toni, Chris's best friend, suddenly reappears in London to bring chaos and doubt into Chris's calm, tranquil, slightly boring, predictable life. Chris starts to remember his carefree youth as a photographer in Paris when he lived with and enjoyed a torrid affair with Annick. It was also in Paris that he first met and fell in love with Marion. The temptations and pressure exerted on Chris by Toni to return to their former carefree life of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll soon starts to have an impact on Chris's marriage. He starts to question his values, his lifestyle choices and his relationship with Marion and even suspects her of starting an affair with Toni whom she dislikes! Eventually circumstances come to a head and Chris is forced to decide whether to follow Toni back to the hedonistic, irresponsible life of his youth or face the harsh realities of the present and stay with Marion.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Philip Saville
Production: Universal Pictures
 
IMDB:
6.5
Metacritic:
53
Rotten Tomatoes:
64%
R
Year:
1997
101 min
27 Views


Oh, you should

have brought her along.

Naw. We believe

in having separate friends.

I met her in a creative

writing course in Pasadena.

Yeah? What the hell

were you doing there?

I was teaching it.

I didn't know you went in

for that

sort of thing.

Which?

Teaching or seducing students?

Huh? No. No, I don't

if I can avoid it, you know

but you got to subsidize

the old poetry somehow.

I mean, come on.

If poetry's going

to mean anything

you got to take it

directly to the people.

That is pure paranoia.

That is pure paranoia.

Anybody who wants to

can read poetry.

Yeah, but they don't

want to, do they?

'Cause they're told what?

It's... It's

a minority taste.

Late night slot.

You know,

pigeon fancying...

goat fucking...

whatever it is

they fucking get up to.

I see... I see loads

of poetry in the shops.

But you don't see poetry

in the shops, Marion.

You see

golfing limericks

and jolly

historical ballads.

Dead, unthreatening stuff.

There's nothing vital!

There's nothing...

Hey! Hey! Hey!

Nothing about

what's happening now.

Sorry, baby.

What you actually mean is

nobody stocks your books.

Exactly.

Bastards.

Chris?

Hmm?

What do you get up

to on your walks?

Nothing.

Think a bit.

What about?

I don't know,

serious shit.

The past, future

meaning-of-life stuff,

you know.

Um, I make a few...

mental lists.

What kind oflists?

You know,

some people count sheep.

Uh... I make lists.

Chris Lloyd...

the story so far.

Healthy.

Not poor,

not... deformed

not... starving.

Not asleep.

Married:
Yes.

Children:
One.

Job:
One. House: Yes.

Mortgage:
Yes. Car...

Arguably.

So on, so on.

Till the panic subsides.

What have you got

to panic about?

Nothing.

That's what worries me.

Love you.

Love you back.

And your friend.

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