Following 1998


It’s nice to see Christopher Nolan addressing a smaller, more intimate subject that his subsequent Hollywood career seems to allow; his low-budget British film from 1998 displays the writer/director’s nascent talent to some effect. Shot in black and white on weekends, Following is about two men, one a writer who follows people to find material to write about, the other a burglar. They form an unlikely alliance, and the writer is drawn into an underworld he has little conception of. While Following is somewhat rough around the edges, it’s a challenging film about personal identity that has a few clever twists to offer; Jeremy Theobald and Alex Haw give good performances as the men, and Nolan’s trademark ambivalence is already firmly established in this impressive debut that has the feel of a Paul Auster novel.



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