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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: In Niagara Motel, a group of struggling individuals cross paths at a low-rent motel in the tourist Mecca of Niagara Falls. The main characters are: a knockout waitress being recruited to star in low budget porn videos, a young couple with a criminal past struggling to recover their child from social services, and a middle class husband and wife in a marriage that is disintegrating in near record time. The story also includes a woeful drunken motel manager (Craig Ferguson), and a prostitute working to support two small children. The needs of these people, their obvious failings and the unlucky conditions of their lives make them so vulnerable that they careen from the disturbing to the hilarious in a breathless instant. In this story, tragedy waltzes with unpredictable comedy in an intense dance of life. ...Niagara Motel
- Language : English
- Director : Gary Yates
- Media Format : Import, PAL, Widescreen
- Run time : 90 minutes
- Actors : Anna Friel, Craig Ferguson, Kevin Pollak, Wendy Crewson, Caroline Dhavernas
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Artificial Eye
- ASIN : B0064IX86K
- Country of origin : United Kingdom
- Number of discs : 1
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It is set at Niagara Falls but, apart form the fact that one of the characters lost his wife when she fell 'overboard' on honeymoon, it could be set anywhere, including - given the presence of Anna Friel - north west England.
This is a kitchen sink drama with humour, although most of the latter is of the dark rather than funny-ha-ha variety. It's pretty well acted, Friel in particular does well in a part that unusually requires her to do more than just wander around in her undies (although happily she does a fair bit of that too). Pollak is also very good, as are most of the cast, although I was less convinced by the financially on the edge couple.
Well worth 90 minutes of your life though.
I purchased this along with a few other dvd's as I began an exploration into Craig Ferguson movies. So I had no idea as to its plot, style or anything. Its good points are that it surprised me by how deep it was on some levels. It's the anguish, the loss of hope, the frustration with life, that makes this a good film. The story arcs for the different characters are interesting and any one of them could have been fleshed out into its own story. Craig wonderfully underplays his role, but at the same time is wonderfully frustrating to watch. The other actors are equally good, and slightly unreal, all of them!
Okay the downside...this movie was (to the unexpecting) disturbing and initially slightly confusing. Its a miss-match of crossing plotlines, and for the first half of the movie I was left wondering what was going to pin them all together, and to be honest it slightly misses in its attempt to do this. The end result, however, is a thoughtful, but unfortunately unrewarding, journey through some of the character's troubles, with only a few seemingly making an obvious conclusion. So after watching some of the other films with Mr. Ferg in, this was initially the most dissapointing, but I found it stayed with me for several days, and I think it has grown on me since. My wife however found it long, dis-jointed and generally unfinished.