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The Pebble and the Boy

UK 2021
produced by
Michael Knowles, Jo Mifsud, Neil Primett (executive), Martin Riley (executive), Chris Green (executive), Ray Boucher (executive), Steve Caunce (executive), Patsy Kensit (associate) for NOW Films
directed by Chris Green
starring Patrick McNamee, Sacha Parkinson, Max Boast, Christine Tremarco, Patsy Kensit, Ricci Harnett, Stuart Wolfenden, Mark Sheals, Emma Stansfield, Jesse Birdsall, Brian Croucher, Mani, Charlotte Tyree, Jamie Lomas, Julian Clapton, James Mackie, Adam Nicholls, Chez Davis, Alice Kerrigan, Dylan Pinnell, John Warburton, Sue Warburton, Paul Arnill, Vicky Arnill, Jack Holden, Daniel Parkinson, Sea Jays, Chris Alamaniotis, Jack Southam, Adele Fearn, Robbie Conway, Orla Poole, Neil PRimett, Stephen Hanna, Nick Noble, Paddy Mangan, John Lasseter, Jo Mifsud, Brandon Gutierrez, Daniel Jake Rogers
written by Chris Green, music by Ian Livingstone

review by
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At the funeral of his estranged father, teenaged John (Patrick McNamee) finds out his old man has been a big name in the mod scene back in the 1980s, what with many former mods showing up on their scooters and in full regalia. This inspires John to take his ashes to mod mecca Brighton and scatter them on the beach, taking his dad's Lambretta for the ride and wearing his parka. He's soon joined by Nicki (Sacha Parkinson), a girl roughly his age and daughter of one of dad's mod friends who's mostly along for the adventure - and for the Paul Weller concert, tickets for which dad has also left John. However, as enthusiastic John had been at the beginning of the trip, his resolve soon wanes, also because he feels unable to identify with mod culture, and he needs more and more pushing from Nicki. And it's not long before their money runs out as well, so they stop at Nicki's uncle (Ricci Harnett) and aunt (Patsy Kensit), who's happy to help them out with more than enough cash - but forces them to take his son Logan (Max Boast) along for the ride. And Logan is quite a bit obnoxious, so much so that John eventually splits up with the others - forgetting that they have the others, and once in Brighton he's forced to sleep in a boat. What's worse though is that in Brighton he feels less in touch with his father than ever, as the city's attraction is as lost on him as mod culture as such, but Nicki pretty much forces him to try and find out more about his dad - which at first works wonders, as it turns out dad was quite a celebrity around these parts. But then John learns that his old man has also got into a fight with a rocker and crippled him in the process, which is all that he needs to be thrown completely off course ...

 

Now granted, it helps to be at least a little into mod culture to enjoy the film, as much that is shown here harks back to the second mod era of the late 1970s/early 80s, including of course many of the tunes played in the film. But the mod-background is really only secondary to the story about (self-)discovery and finding one's identity - which sounds contradictory as the film's protagonist tries to track down the truth about his dad, but really isn't. And the film's subtly enough directed to give its fine ensemble the required air to breathe, but manages to avoid the cheesy aspects of the story thanks to a certain light-footedness and just the right dose of humour, to make this one pretty cool watch.

 

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