I Know You Know

A potentially interesting idea jumps the rails halfway through the father-son drama "I Know You Know," the second feature by Welsh-born writer-helmer Justin Kerrigan ("Human Traffic," 1999).

With:
With: Robert Carlyle, Arron Fuller, David Bradley, Karl Johnson.

A potentially interesting idea jumps the rails halfway through the father-son drama “I Know You Know,” the second feature by Welsh-born writer-helmer Justin Kerrigan (“Human Traffic,” 1999). Aside from its vivid, ’60s-style main title (which seems incongruous for a movie set in the late ’80s), there’s little to flag this as the work of the same filmmaker, as it fails to develop the partly wacky, partly serious idea with any consistent tone. Small-scale item, which hangs on a twist an hour in, looks headed for the tube at best.

Robert Carlyle plays doting father Charlie, who appears to work as a spy and has to lie low for a while. Settling incognito into the southern Welsh town where he grew up, Charlie puts his 11-year-old son, Jamie (Arron Fuller), into school and sets about doing a job he promises will set them up for life. Bolted onto the increasingly silly plot is a routine coming-of-age story in which father and son try to understand each other as Charlie’s paranoia increasingly pulls them apart. Carlyle plays mostly manic, though Fuller is fine. Tech package, blown up from 16mm, is modest.

I Know You Know

U.K.

Production: A the Little Film Co., Wales Creative IP Fund, Film Agency for Wales presentation, in association with Limelight VCT, Post Republic, Screen East, of a Parallax East production, in association with Civic Ilab, Three Hills. (International sales: the Little Film Co., London.) Produced by Sally Hibbin. Executive producers, Pauline Burt, Sheryl Crown, Michael Henry, Linda James, Robert Little. Co-producers, Michael Reuter, Michael Parker. Directed, written by Justin Kerrigan.

Crew: Camera (color), Ed Wild; editor, Stuart Gazzard; music, Guy Farley; production designer, Cristina Casali; costume designer, Sian Jenkins. Reviewed at the Hospital screening room, London, Oct. 16, 2008. (In London Film Festival -- New British Cinema.) Running time: 82 MIN.

With: With: Robert Carlyle, Arron Fuller, David Bradley, Karl Johnson.

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