Los Angeles Times - 09/05/2008
"A diverting cross between PETER PAN and an emo-era VERTIGO....As offbeat coming-of-age yarns go, MISTER FOE has a commanding fleetness."
New York Times - 09/05/2008
"[Mr. Mackenzie succeeds] in translating Mr. Jinks's prose into an atmosphere that is both gritty and picturesque."
Box Office - 09/01/2008 4 stars out of 5 -- "On the surface, MISTER FOE is a refreshing and original romance, but there is a darkness at its heart that director David Mackenzie's handsome production never allows the audience to forget."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/21/2008
"The Scottish rocker soundtrack adds a bittersweet layer....[The film] deserves to be discovered." -- Grade: B
MISTER FOE is director David MacKenzie's offbeat film adaptation of Peter Jinks's coming-of-age story centered on the unlikely protagonist of Hallam Foe, excellently portrayed by Jamie Bell (BILLY ELLIOT). A troubled young man beset with voyeuristic tendencies and a strong Oedipal longing for his dead mother, Hallam is a sensitive and volatile teenager who has taken to spying on his stepmother, Verity (Claire Forlani), who he suspects is responsible for his mother's death by drowning two years earlier. When a charged psychosexual confrontation with Verity stokes the fires of his unresolved grief, Hallam flees his father's country estate for the picturesque Scottish capital of Edinburgh. There, he sets his sights on Kate (Sophia Myles), an attractive hotel manager who happens to bear a striking resemblance to his late mother. Soon, through a bit of charm and more than a little stalking, Hallam scores a menial job under Kate's employ; romantically--or creepily, depending on your viewpoint--Hallam pines for Kate from a distance, observing her daily activities (kickboxing, grooming, sex), through binoculars. Hallam's adolescent fantasies soon blossom into an unlikely romance when, during an after-work function, Kate revealingly declares, "I like creepy guys." While MISTER FOE tackles some rather unsettling psychological territory, David MacKenzie infuses the film with enough light, comic touches and a playful atmosphere of magic realism to prevent it from edging toward dolorous melodrama. Rounding out this very likeable indie feature are a delightful animated title sequence by artist David Shirgley, and a spirited soundtrack from Domino Records, featuring a bevy of Scottish rockers such as Franz Ferdinand and Orange Juice.