Twenty-One (1991 film)
|Directed by||Don Boyd|
|Produced by||John Hardy|
|Written by||Don Boyd|
|Music by||Michael Berkeley|
|Edited by||David Spiers|
Twenty-One is a British-American drama film directed by Don Boyd and co-scripted by him with Zoë Heller. Patsy Kensit stars as the 21-year-old protagonist. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in February 1991. It was released theatrically later that year in the United States on 4 October, followed by a British release on 1 November.
Katie confides directly to the camera about her troubled existence. She reflects on characters we meet during the film, such as her drug-addicted boyfriend, and dysfunctional family members.
- Patsy Kensit as Katie
- Jack Shepherd as Kenneth
- Patrick Ryecart as Jack
- Maynard Eziashi as Baldie
- Rufus Sewell as Bobby
- Sophie Thompson as Francesca
- Susan Wooldridge as Janet
- Robert Bathurst as Mr. Metcalfe
Patsy Kensit is a standout as Katie, bringing an enormous amount of charisma, warmth, and humor to her role, and supported by an elegant script. Director Don Boyd, best known as the producer of Aria, blends the performances, story and the integral cinematic device of Katie's direct camera narration with exceptional dexterity. Thus he never misses an opportunity to communicate Katie's feelings through pure technique. Katie views the future with optimistic uncertainty, convinced she can win over the world. With its warmth and wit, Twenty-One is prepared to accomplish the same goal.
Reception in Paris was also enthusiastic but UK press reviews were mixed despite Kensit receiving raves for her performance.
- Grand Jury Prize - Don Boyd
- Critics Award - Don Boyd
- "Back to the Future: The Fall and Rise of the British Film Industry in the 1980s - An Information Briefing" (PDF). British Film Institute. 2005. p. 30.
- Up from the mirrors Entertainment Weekly. 25 October 1991
- 1991 Sundance Film Festival Twenty-One
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