Flashbacks of a Fool

Flashbacks of a Fool

Baillie Walsh (2008)

15 Certificate


Our Score
It's plain to see why Daniel Craig wanted to make this unusual British drama. As fading, drug-addicted movie star Joe Scot, he is the very picture of quiet intensity, reflecting on tragic events in his youth that still reverberate. Viewed through the lens of writer/director Baillie Walsh (whose previous credits include music videos for Massive Attack and INXS), it's a polished and confident growing-pains story with all the windswept, salty atmosphere of the British seaside. However, the languid pace can be frustrating: instead of weaving past and present together, Walsh uses Craig to bookend one very long flashback. Thankfully, actor Harry Eden as the younger Scot has the charisma to keep you watching, and elicits sympathy even as he ditches his girlfriend for cheap thrills with a Mrs Robinson-like neighbour (Jodhi May). Not a typical rite-of-passage tale, then, but patient viewers will find that it does linger in the memory.


A Hollywood star who has destroyed his career through hedonistic behaviour returns to his English home town for the funeral of a childhood friend. His homecoming brings back memories of teenage life during the 1970s, as he looks back on his affair with an older woman and the events that changed him. Drama, starring Daniel Craig and Harry Eden as present and past versions of the main character. With Jodhi May and Eve.

Cast & Crew

Joe Scot Daniel Craig
Ophelia Franklin Eve
Teenage Joe Scot Harry Eden
Grace Scot Olivia Williams
Peggy Tickell Helen McCrory
Evelyn Adams Jodhi May
Mrs Rogers Miriam Karlin
Adult Jessie Scot Keeley Hawes
Sister Jean Emilia Fox
Manny Miesel Mark Strong
Jack Adams James D'Arcy
Adult Ruth Davies Claire Forlani
Director Baillie Walsh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains swearing and sex scenes.Available on: DVDReleased on: 18 Apr 2008