The Young Poisoner's Handbook
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A sinister tale of genius gone wrong, The Young Poisoner's Handbook chronicles a young man's descent into madness against the absurd backdrop of suburban English life. Hugh O'Conor plays Graham Young, a schoolboy from the London suburbs whose deadly obsession with toxic substances causes him to dabble in experimental murder.
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The joy of the movie is strong supporting cast who react in quirky, British ways to Graham and the mysterious illnesses going around. O'Conor gives an intense but restrained portrayal of the troubled lad and provides some good skin shots as well. Sher is a convincing professional trying to salvage some good from the unpromising inhabitants of the hospital. The acting is witty throughout.
It is a shame the DVD has no extras at all, other than a scene list. Still, the low price makes the DVD a bargain. Recommended.
His first victim is his stepmother. This is one of the most disturbing sequences in the film; we watch her disintegrate before our eyes and it is painful viewing. But by that time, Ross how shown how a crude, dysfunctional family can produce someone like the young poisoner and it's a strong portrayal indeed.
Graham does not stop with his stepmother, of course. His relentless quest for the perfection of his craft has its consequences, not least of which is 'treatment' by a well-meaning psychiatrist who insists on Graham sharing his dreams.
For those who like disturbing British black comedy-drama--one of the real fortes of British cinema--this one's for you.
This quiet little gem is finally available, and tells the sad and true tale of this rather disturbed young man who deals with the opposition in rather a drastic way! He IS literally the Young Poisoner, and finds all of these quaint facts readily available in print - that's why reading can be quite dangerous!
[The movie also points a very strong finger at the health care system - releasing the 'incurable' as cured......]
Darkly funny - like the moment when one of the first victims - dear 'MUM', almost gone, speechless at this stage, suddenly 'sees'the truth, but cannot warn! Oh, it gets better, much better, almost runs like one of those old 1950 Ealing comedies or the later "Fish Called Wanda".
Another grand scene? At work, much later in our boy's life, when he has doctored, shall we say., the staff's morning tea., but cannot remember which mug has the 'brew that is true' [or it is the 'vessle with the .....you get my drift!]
Yes, truth is stranger than fiction this time around - for more -take this little poison pill!
Young Hugh O'Connor shines as the 'hero' and reminds one the delightful Bud Cort - so seldom seen these days.
Something along the lines of'The Ruling Class', but Blue Collar!