Charlie Countryman

Comedy,Drama,Romance

Shia LaBoeouf's romantic thriller is a strangely enjoyable hyper-stylised disaster of a movie Discuss this article

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Charlie (Shia LaBeouf) is coping with the recent death of his mother. He’s also dodging violent gangsters on the rain-slicked streets of Bucharest, Romania, and trying to win the love of a newly orphaned concert cellist, played by Evan Rachel Wood. (Here we pause, briefly, to savour every detail of that description.) More than once, another character suggests Charlie’s Romanian adventure might be some kind of fantasy, which – at least in cinematic terms – is right on the money.

It’s almost as hard to dislike music-video veteran Fredrik Bond’s first feature as it is to follow it. Charlie Countryman (which has lost The Necessary Death of… from its original Sundance-premiere title) is, let’s be clear, one mess of a draggy, hyper-stylised romantic thriller. But it’s an engrossing, overstuffed disaster – sometimes captivating, sometimes too ingeniously terrible to turn away from; it’s like watching a car wreck in slow motion, if both cars were stuffed with confetti.

By Sam Adams
Time Out Doha,

Charlie Countryman

  • Duration: 103
  • Released: Thu, 26 Mar
  • Language: English,Romanian
  • Director: Fredrik Bond
  • Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen

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