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'Mister Foe' is a fascinating, off-putting failure

A wealthy Scots teenager with a thing for peeping on amorous couples and a yen for dressing up in war paint and a badger hide suspects his soon-to-be step-mum of killing his mother. He's banished to the big city where he stalks and plays the peeping Tom to a lovely young blond.

He'd love to get closer to her. Except that she's a dead ringer for his dead mum.

Creepy, huh?

And that's just the set up. Mister Foe stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as Hallam Foe, the lad with "issues," an odd and unsettled kid living off the grid in Glasgow, hiding in the clock tower of the ancient luxury hotel where he takes a job as a porter just to be near the fetching mommy-substitute Kate (Sophia Myles). He wants her, he thinks. He scales roofs and peeks in her window at her sexually adventurous fling with a married man, a married man who promptly declares war on the lad.

And he plots his revenge on Verity ( Claire Forlani, wonderful), the woman who has snagged his wealthy architect dad (Ciaran Hinds, terrific).

But David Mackenzie's film of Peter Jinks' novel has more promise than coherence, the quantum leaps of illogic matching the odd way Hallam's grief over his mother manifests itself. A fascinating, off-putting failure.

Screening at: Saturday, March 29, 9:45 p.m. –11:20 p.m. at Regal; Monday, March 31, 9:15 p.m.–11:50 p.m. at Regal

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