When Danny Boyle's film adapted Trainspotting, a novel by Irvine Welsh, Guy Ritchie was just trying his wings. You may already have noticed in Müpacinema's current series that, as a genre, black comedy is deeply rooted in British cinema and still very much alive today, almost a way of life. The characters in Trainspotting are drug addicts whose lives are filled with wall-to-wall dependency on mind-altering substances. But no one would call it a social drama. Their withdrawal from the world and into drugs is transformed into an acerbic and ironic tale.
We should also quickly point out that in 1996, Danny Boyle was by no means a big-time directer. The Beach, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours would come later. There is no question that Trainspotting marked a turning point in his career. Unashamed, roughly-spoken, with some truly revolting sights, it is not difficult to pinpoint in this film the flavour and aroma of the courageous, style-defining British films of the 1960s and 1970s. But none of this could ever have happened if Irvine Welsh...'s novel hadn't give it the necessary push. And it is not about saying that drug taking is merely a form of deviance, and nothing more. It is rather a film about a generation. A portrayal of a generation whose members are not rebelling any more or developing an attitude of resistance, but simply withdrawing into a small and increasingly constrictive world. Our heroes are 'elsewhere'. As for the big things happening in the world around them... Sorry, but are those kind of things really still going on? The film was a hit and is now considered a classic, gaining tenth place in a list of the 100 greatest British films of all time.
In English, with Hungarian subtitles.
The discussions before and after the screenings are conducted in Hungarian.
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