6 out of 10
Release Date: 4th April 2008
Director: Danny Hiller
Cast: Andrew Howard, Geoff Bell, Alex Reid, Camille Coduri, Brian Croucher and Tom Bell
Writer: Danny Hiller
Trailer: LOVE ME STILL
Love Me Still is a very well acted and written little film for the most part. It’s a big shame that the story gets bogged down two thirds of the way through. But for an indie with virtually no hope of being discovered with limited amounts of appeal, Love Me Still is definitely worth seeking out.
Andrew Howard (REVOLVER) plays a jail bird who wants to surprise his wife by not telling her of his imminent release. His wife (ALEX REID – THE DESCENT) is being blackmailed into doing illegal drug drop offs for Howard’s brother (GEOFF BELL – COMEDOWN). Despite his evil aspirations Bell becomes obsessed with Reid and kidnaps her and her daughter to rural Ireland. He co-erces her into having constant sex in order to pay off a debt for a botched drop. Of course, on Howard’s release everything gets considerably more pear shaped. Events set the two brothers on a collision course with only one possible outcome.
Part of the films success is the inevitability of the scenario. The two warring brothers with a woman at the heart of the matter will lead to heartbreak all round. Comfortably played by the whole cast, Geoff Bell is the standout, adding shade to his normal thug stylings. Veteran Liverpudlian actor Tom Bell (THE KRAYS) shows up as Howard’s father in his last role. He is suitably crusty and wise but he adds very little to proceedings and actually looks visibly ill. Camille Coduri (THE FIRM) brings great support as Howard’s caring but brassy sister with a taste for toy boys. Andrew Howard is a solid leading man and I wonder if we’ll see more of him. I only recall him from Guy Ritchie‘s weird Revolver. Alex Reid is utterly convincing as the wife under siege with no one to turn to for help. She is one of the UK’s most talented actresses in my opinion and I wonder why she doesn’t get more gigs. I first spotted her in The Descent and have an eye out for her ever since.
Love Me Still is a good story with a very good cast and convincing character arcs. It’s got a committed cast but it’s a shame that this film went nowhere (DVD sales / no cinema release). With UK crime and gangster movies being ten a penny, here’s one that really holds the interest and has an honest crack at portraying real people in bizarre situations. To be honest, its a hard film to recommend specifically based on the content. Who it’s meant to appeal to is a real mystery and it’s a shame to let it languish in a no man’s land between good films and dry non event movies. I think it may even be hard to find a copy.
6 out of 10 – Way above average but it’s all a bit dry despite the great acting and interesting plot.
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WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Andrew Howard: Taken 3, Isle of Dogs, Hangover 2, Limitless, Cassandra’s Dream, Revolver, Below, Mr In-Between, Rancid Aluminium
- Geoff Bell: Comedown, Comes a Bright Day, Storage 24, The Reeds, War Horse, Brighton Rock (2011), Big Fat Gypsy Gangster, Route Irish, Solomon Kane, Mercenaries, Just For The Record, Wild Target (2010), The Heavy, Botched, Freebird, Tormented, Green Street, The Business, Mean Machine
- Alex Reid: I Am Soldier, The Facility, Wilderness, The Descent, Ultimate Force (TV)
- Camille Coduri: 4-3-2-1, Dr Who (TV), The Firm (2009), The Business, King Ralph, Nuns On The Run, Strapless, Hawks, A Prayer For The Dying
- Brian Croucher: Rise of the Footsoldier 3, We Still Steal The Old Way, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Eastenders (TV), Rockliffe’s Babies (TV), Transmutations, Scrubbers, Blake’s 7 (TV), Doctor Who (TV), The Jensen Code (TV)
- Tom Bell: Dead Man’s Cards, Long Time Dead, My Kingdom, Swing, Amy Foster, Feast Of July, Prime Suspect (TV), Let Him Have It, Prospero’s Books, The Krays, Resurrected, Wish You Were Here