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Engaging

by Mack on 6/5/2012

The BBC gets so many things correct about life at that time that it will take you back to your own memories. The father and son will keep you watching.

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Posing as a zen-buddhist, a muslim man and his teenage son head for th suburban 70's 'buddhist' lifestyle of london where they begin a sexual, political and creative adventure.

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Studio Warner
SKU 207336455
UPC 883929014323
UPC 14 00883929014323
Format DVD
Release Date 5/27/2008
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Actors
Name Andrews,Naveen
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Cast & Crew
Anna Kalnars - Producer
Brenda Blethyn - Actor
David Bamber - Actor
David Bowie - Original Music By
Hanif Kureishi - Writer
Harish Patel - Actor
John McGlashan - Cinematographer
Kate Evans - Editor
Kevin Loader - Producer
Naveen Andrews - Actor
Roger Cann - Production Designer
Roger Michell - Director
Awards
Winner (1994) British Academy Awards, Roger Cann, Best Design
Nominee (1994) British Academy Awards, Alexandra Byrne, Best Costume Design,British Academy Awards, Kevin Loader, et. al., Best Drama Serial,British Academy Awards, John McGlashan, Best Film or Video Photography (Fiction/Entertainment),British Academy Awards, David Bowie, Best Original Television Music
Reviews
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review Based on Hanif Kureishi's semi-autobiographical novel, Buddha is all over the place, as Andrews' character careens through life, encountering poorly drawn characters representing the various social concerns of the '70s, from the birth of punk, to group sex, to drug use, to revolutionary politics, to wacky experimental theater groups, to, finally, fame and stardom as an actor-playwright. Along the way, Andrews' character learns that actresses are flighty, racism is bad, English people have a condescending attitude toward Indians, and fame and money are not all they're cracked up to be. It's all very bland, obvious and predictable, and one of the movie's main problems is that its lead character comes off as good-looking but dull--never the fiery, talented artist the film seems to want to view him as. Both Blethyn and Seth are good actors wasted in under-written parts, and none of the other actors are really given anything to work with. The incidental music by David Bowie is good but not nearly as prominently featured as the predictable soundtrack of glam, punk and new-wave golden oldies used to signify the passing of time. Unfortunately, the movie's four hours seem to pass almost as slowly as the eight years of the protagonist's life covered in the film.
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Reviewer Nathan Rabin
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Andrews,Naveen
Label BBC Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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