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My Zinc Bed (2009)

Jonathan Pryce , Uma Thurman , Anthony Page  |  NR |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jonathan Pryce, Uma Thurman, Paddy Considine
  • Directors: Anthony Page
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OQ17RE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Adapted from renowned writer David Hare's bewitching play, MY ZINC BED is a searing examination of alcohol addiction and obsession. This three-character piece centers on Paul, a young poet and recovering alcoholic; billionaire businessman Victor who befriends and employs him; and Victors young wife Elsa, an alcoholic who has chosen to recover without the help of Pauls much-relied-upon AA meetings. The story builds in intensity as over the course of a summer, Paul and Elsa become romantically involved. The three main characters clash and challenge each others beliefs as they grapple with their own inner demons. With wit, drama, and pathos, Hare explores themes of faith, friendship, and fidelity with a deep emotional resonance that heightens the story from beginning to end.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only intelligent viewers should watch June 21, 2010
By maniac
This movie was ...
short & sweet > 75 min

There are only 3 characters whom interact awkwardly while showing immense intelligence.

I was thoroughly enjoying Jonathan Pryce putting the other 2 throught the ringer.
Quite entertaining!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good topic for great performances. September 16, 2009
With their denial, their contradictions and their acceptance we can see the different paths of three people who meet in a story around alcoholism, and alcoholics. The description of the addictions and alcoholism revealed with the behavior of the people concerned by this disease is very realistic. It shows their patterns without mercy but with compassion. Every character is difficult to play but the actors manage to fit perfectly in their part showing us the best and the worst in them. Most of the dialogues are powerful and provoking. This movie gives us the opportunity of seeing Jonathan Pryce, Paddy Considine and Uma Thurman in a great acting performance. Their talents contribute to give us a good movie about a difficult topic.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars To AA or not to AA April 10, 2009
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. This is a movie adaptation of a play by David Hare
2. It centers around three characters
3. It deals with alcoholism and infidelity
4. But mostly it's a debate on the value of the AA programme
5. I would have fallen asleep, but zinc beds are too darned uncomfortable

Slow moving, rather dry British movie fails to hold the viewer's interest despite the efforts of Jonathan Pryce as a somewhat annoying wealthy businessman and Uma Thurman as his trophy wife. Paddy Considine's character runs the gamut from boring to blotto to bewildered, stopping just a tad short of believable.

I've read that the original play is bewitching, but the magic certainly hasn't transferred to the big screen.

Recommended only as punishment for alcoholics and cheaters.

Amanda Richards, April 10, 2009
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