- The Acid House (film)
name = The Acid House
6.1/10 (1,424 votes)
director = Paul McGuigan
Irvine Welsh| starring =
released = 1998
runtime = 111 min.
language = English
imdb_id = 0122515
"The Acid House" is a film adaptation of
Irvine Welsh's short storycollection " The Acid House". Welsh himself wrote the screenplay, and appears as a minor character in the film.
The 1998 film, directed by Paul McGuigan, dramatises three stories from the book:
* "The Granton Star Cause" is a comedy, where Bob is having a very bad day indeed. His parents throw him out so they can indulge in
sado-masochismand he is sacked from his job, dumped by his girlfriend and dropped from his football team. It has elements of Franz Kafka's " The Metamorphosis", as a pitiless God who transforms him into a fly as punishment for wasting his life.
* "A Soft Touch":
Kevin McKiddplays a cuckolded husband while Gary McCormackis Larry, the ruthless upstairs neighbour who steals his electricity and his wife, played by Michelle Gomez.
* "The Acid House": An acid trip and a bolt of
lightningresult in amiable schemie Coco Brice exchanging places with the baby of a middle classcouple.
All three sections are independent, but are linked by setting and by the reappearance of incidental characters, in particular
Maurice Roëveswho appears variously as an inebriated wedding guest, a figure in a dream, and a pub patron. All three of his parts symbolize a human manifestation of God.
The film offended elements of the UK tabloid press with a depiction of a cynical and jaded, foul-mouthed God, and in some countries (such as Canada and the United States) has been shown on television with subtitles because of most characters' heavy Scottish accents.
* [http://www.indiewire.com/people/int_Welsh_Irvine_990804.html Irvine Welsh on "The Acid House"]
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