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Kinky Boots

I've wanted to see this movie ever since I first heard of it on one of those culture shows. Unfortunately, it never, to my knowledge, made it into the Dutch cinemas...or if it did, it must have hit them when I wasn't looking.

So, when JW, my closest associate at work, greeted me with a mysterious and slightly knowing smile this morning, I wondered what he might be up to. And then he turned around and presented me with a cd. From the creators of Calendar Girls - Kinky Boots - "Priscilla Queen Of The Desert Meets The Full Monty.", it read.

Isn't that sweet? He'd only gone and found me that film we discussed months ago, downloaded it and burned it onto a cd for me, knowing it would make me happy to watch it tonight.

And make me happy, it did. It really is a gem. And oooh, Chiwetel Ejiofor makes one helluva of drag queen!

Apparently, it's based on a true story. I remembered that from the culture show I was watching like a year ago. The owner of a Northampton shoe factory faces having to close it down, or to find and cater to a niche market in order to keep in business. A chance encounter with a transvestite entertainer helps him do the latter, and their first collection takes Milan by storm.

This film is British cinema at its best. The story, the acting, the dialogue, the humour, the music all combine to deliver a product that has quality written all over it. There's depth and drama, but its offset by lighter touches and really, it's just a story about ordinary people leading ordinary lives - no explosions, no car chases, no characters moping around for too long.

JW hasn't seen it yet. He thinks it's not for him. He doesn't know how wrong he is. Now, I wonder if I can get him to download me a copy of In Her Shoes, too...just to see how it compares.



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Feb. 13th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the film yet, but I just want to reprazent Northampton. Woo! Armpit of the galaxy! Sup! etc.
Feb. 14th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
Hehehe. ;-)
Feb. 14th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
I've been meaning to see that for ages.

Great song too. ;)
Feb. 14th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
You really ought to find the time to see it; it's a delightful film. And Mr. Ejiofor isn't half bad at singing...
Feb. 14th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
What a nice surprise! And those are often the best of movies. I love it when movies display the lighter touches.
Feb. 14th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
If you ever get a chance to see this, don't pass up on it! It may not be the kind of film that wins Oscars, but it is the kind of film that puts a smile on your face and keeps it there for an hour or two.
Feb. 14th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
I really wanna see that film, it has a lovely Jemima Rooper in it :)
Feb. 14th, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
Well, she's not exactly the character you warm to most of all in this film, but yeah -- at least she's got great taste in shoes!
Feb. 14th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
No? Ah well, I can take it, she wasn't the nicest in As If, but I still enjoyed her acting :D
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