A Cock and Bull Story
Cert: 15 Year: 2005 Length: 94 mins
Score: 63.54% Attendance: 82
What next from the genre-hopping Winterbottom (9 Songs, Code 46, 24 Hour Party People)? A film of the unfilmable novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy? No problem. Except its not a film of the book, but a film of the attempted filming of an unfilmable book.
Following the film crew and 'director', (played by Jeremy Northam), it's a study of the madness of filmmaking and of the limits of narrative. How much of a story can you construct from some rambling episodes and can it be meaningful? Steve Coogan plays Shandy, our unreliable narrator with Rob Bryden as brother Toby, and a host of British comedy faces - Stephen Fry, David Walliams, Shirley Henderson, Dylan Moran...
a rude , ruddy satire about the film business, and an awesome tour-de-force by Steve Coogan
Leslie Felperin, Variety.com
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