Submarine

Submarine

Downloadable Video - 2011
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15-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts of JANE EYRE) has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to smother the flame between his mother (Sally Hawkins of NEVER LET ME GO, MADE IN DAGENHAM) and an ex-lover (Paddy Considine of THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, IN AMERICA) who has reappeared in her life. Worried that his mom is having an affair, Oliver monitors his parents' sex life by charting the dimmer switch in their bedroom. Meanwhile, he attempts to woo his classmate, Jordana, a self-professed pyromaniac who supervises his journal writing - especially the bits about her. Based on Joe Dunthorne's acclaimed novel, Submarine is a captivating coming-of-age story with an offbeat edge.
Publisher: [United States] : Starz Media : Made available through hoopla, 2011.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 97 min.)) : sd., col.

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ashanthifrancis
Dec 29, 2015

Submarine is one of the strangest, funniest, quirkiest, saddest and most touching movies I have ever watched. This British comedy/ love story directed by Richard Ayoade is about Oliver Tate, a young teen experiencing a strange and oddly-beautiful first love with an equally strange girl named Jordana. The whole movie features a mellow soundtrack by Alex Turner, lead singer of The Arctic Monkeys, which sets the slightly melancholy and soft tone of the film perfectly. The story takes place in Swansea, Wales which provides a beautiful setting that is showcased greatly within the film. Oliver Tate is a boy who is completely head-over heels for Jordana Bevan, a girl who is quite frankly, using him to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. He lives at home with his parents: who he suspects are going through a rough patch based on their lack of intimacy. In this coming of age tale, many pressing issues are explored such as infidelity, mental illness, bullying, sex, and heartbreak. Through Oliver’s many misfortunes and wild endeavours, he learns to empathize with those around him rather than harming them. Although quite a light movie, this film leaves one with a certain sadness that cannot be explained by words. It fills you with nostalgia and the pessimistic “no-filter” protagonist leaves you on the edge of your seat waiting for what mess he will get himself into. Overall, Submarine is a very alternative movie perfect for anyone who loves “real” movies that are relatable, funny, heartbreaking, and romantic.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 27, 2015

Charming, droll, and visually imaginative teen film from England. As others have pointed out, writer/director Ricard Ayoade is clearly influenced by the offbeat, quirky sensibility of Wes Anderson, especially "Rushmore," but that's not a bad thing. "Harold and Maude," the French New Wave, and British 60s films like "Billy Liar" also loom large. Oliver Tate wants two things: to keep his parents together and to get a girlfriend. The film nicely balances humor and the awkwardness of the teen years without being too maudlin. I found, unlike other reviewers, the characters sympathetic and likable. Songs by Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys. They're fine, but I couldn't help but think a band like Belle & Sebastian would've been more appropriate. Produced by Ben Stiller, who has a cameo on a TV show. Ayoade's follow up, "The Double," is also quite good.

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0cho
Jan 05, 2015

This turned out to be quite a good entertaining movie. Some nice acting, good crazy story. Worth watching.

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Janice21383
Aug 12, 2014

Heavily influenced by such films as Rushmore and Harold and Maude. But the world needs move films where teens are three-dimensional characters, and even regular jerks, instead of indistinguishable balls of hormones, or symbols of Something Deep. The starry British cast includes Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, and Paddy Considine as a New Age guru who will tai chi your energy field.

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paint123
Jun 29, 2014

Absolutely fantastic! it was not a big time hollywood film so it won't be everyone's thing and occasionally the quality of the technology shows through but the camera angles, quirky writing and acting make up for this. i recommend this to those who enjoy movies like those of Wes Anderson and The Art of Getting By

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jds1
May 19, 2014

Strange movie. Unique exploration of relationships and hardships. Not a Hollywood production. Not my cup of tea, but I can't blast it for that.

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MeaninglessBark
Mar 28, 2014

An interesting film about really uninteresting (even annoying) people. It's worth a look if you're interested in indie film. Submarine looks great feeling a lot like a British mod film from the very late 60s. It's very well acted but the characters and their issues are the sorts of thing one has seen plenty of times in other indie films. Of course nothing is ever all that new but in the case of Submarine most of the characters aren't only typical but fairly unlikable largely in part because their problems all seem to be of their own making. The characters in a film don't have to be likeable for a film to be good but if you don't really care what happens to them and began rolling your eyes every time they stop to stare blankly into space while contemplating (in a voice over) life, the universe, and everything you might as well hit the EJECT button and get on with your own life.

harrybrowne Nov 13, 2013

Absolutely awful. Meant to be cute and funny and clever, it is none of those. Story has potential but is so overdone that it is excruciating to watch. Some good music and shots of the ocean but that's it.

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stse88
Jun 06, 2012

Quirky is right. Not sure it's my cup of tea.

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Poodles
Jun 05, 2012

Quirky and cute.

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Monolith
May 28, 2012

Oliver Tate: (making a toast over a candlelit dinner): "Here's to us and a wonderful evening of lovemaking..." (Jordana stares blankly)

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Monolith
May 28, 2012

Oliver Tate: "I got you these, uh, these matches. Your favorite." Jordana Bevan: "I noticed that when you light a match, the flame is the same shape as a falling tear." Oliver Tate (narrating): "I knew then, it was too late to save her. She'd gone gooey in the middle. From now on, she'll buy little gifts for her favorite teachers, and... she'll admire the scenery, and she'll buy soup for homeless people... and she'll never burn my leg hair again..."

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Monolith
May 28, 2012

Oliver Tate (narrating): "I have no idea what I'm hoping to achieve by breaking into Graham's house - I just want to give him the idea that I'm deranged and therefore capable of anything. This will probably involve me urinating on something."

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Dr_Inferno
Mar 25, 2012

Dr_Inferno thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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