My 100 favourite films. Entry #2: Naked.

Naked (1993)
directed by Mike Leigh
starring David Thewlis
Country: UK
Genre: Drama
Visuals: 9/10
Writing: 9/10
Everyday watchability: 4

This is another one of those film titles that's hard to explain to friends. "It's called Naked. [pause] No it's not a porn. There is some nudity. It's about a guy who rapes a girl at the beginning of the movie and runs away to London to avoid getting beat up by her family, and basically talks at people for the whole film... but it's really good."

David Thewlis truly makes the movie. It's one of the finest acting performances I think I've ever seen. Apparently this film was only loosely scripted and then the script was created by the actors through 11 weeks rehearsal. Thewlis is utterly believable as a crazy jerkwad egoist. He gives the kind of rants usually heard from not-actually-drunk assholes at parties who forcibly give you their uninformed opinions, but his word choices and inflection make me believe him or at the very least indulge that he may be right. This even when relating UPC codes to the number of the beast.


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