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House of America (1997)

Boyo lives with his brother Sid, his sister Gwenny and their elderly mother Marlene in an economically depressed area of South-West Wales. Their father has vanished when they were small ... See full summary »

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Marc Evans

Writer:

Edward Thomas
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Credited cast:
Siân Phillips ... Mam
Steven Mackintosh ... Sid
Matthew Rhys ... Boyo
Lisa Palfrey ... Gwenny
Pascal Laurent Pascal Laurent ... Clem
Richard Harrington ... Cat
Islwyn Morris Islwyn Morris ... Roger the Pop
Brian Hibbard Brian Hibbard ... Wally
Steve Speirs ... The Head (as Steven Speirs)
Dave Duffy ... Molloy
Connor McIntyre ... Matty
Andrew Lennon Andrew Lennon ... Off Licence Man
Donna Edwards ... Receptionist
Stella King Stella King ... Woman with Budgie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Glen Finick Glen Finick ... Miner
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Boyo lives with his brother Sid, his sister Gwenny and their elderly mother Marlene in an economically depressed area of South-West Wales. Their father has vanished when they were small children, apparently headed for America. The leather-jacketed, motorbike-riding Sid has grown up obsessed with American culture and dreams of joining his father in the States. When the brothers discover that an open-cast mine is opening nearby they join the scramble for jobs, but their mother is unaccountably against the idea. On the morning when they need to report for work, they find she has sabotaged Sid's bike, scuppering their chances of employment. Sid and Gwenny begin to spend more and more of their considerable spare time together, washing down medication they've obtained under their mother's name with pilfered booze. Marlene's increasingly eccentric behaviour leads to her being interred in a hospital, but Boyo is powerless to stop his brother and sister from drifting dangerously out of touch ... Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

10 October 1997 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

To spiti tou amerikanikou oneirou See more »

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She's So Loose
Written by Daniel Goffey / Gaz Coombes / Michael Quinn
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Pretty depressing film.
1 April 2005 | by megyesySee all my reviews

The squalid life of a dysfunctional family, minus a father who ran away, it is believed, to America, who can only cope with the reality of the depressing gloom of a Welsh mining district by escaping from it by immersing themselves in what they think is American culture. This seems to consist of worshiping icons such as literary giant Jack Kerouak, film stars such as Gary Cooper and various myths that centre round Detriot, "the wild west," and other notions conceived and believed by many non-Americans and too many more Americans. As their obsession for things American grows it does reach a point where reality can no longer be blocked. The high quality of acting portraying the grey lives of the people set where the grey landscape meets the grey skies is first rate. Watch it and appreciate seeing and feeling the sunshine, again.


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