101. Submarine (2011)

Feels good to be submerged

Directed by: Richard Ayoade
Written by: Richard Ayoade
Starring: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine

Submarine is a perfect example where kookiness meets substance. Told with a unique voice and a beautiful and poignant visual styleto match, Submarine is nothing short of perfect.

Oliver Tate (Roberts) lives a pretty ordinary life as a teen. He lives in Wales, goes to school, has friends, family and a heart for just about everyone, including the fat girl in his grade who gets bullied all the time. But with an imaginative and endlessly fascinating way of looking at life, Oliver faces the troubles in his life with an eagerness and passion that proves there’s much more to him than his plain looks. With a new girlfriend, Jordana (Yasmin Paige), and brewing trouble between his parents (Noah Taylor and Hawkins), Oliver must juggle responsibilities and desires in order to make sure everyone stays happy. And yet, the greatest neglect lies in what Oliver wants and needs.

Submarine is a smartly funny, quirky and yet, heartfelt film that finds beauty and hilarity in the seemingly ordinary. With unflinchingly complete performances from the cast and aesthetically interesting direction delivered by director Ayoade, Submarine has a playfulness in its dialogue, an innocence in its approach to romance, and a weird and wonderful spin on teen angst.

Kooky meets substance and their lovemaking is spectacular


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