A distinctly warped version of the “country house whodunit”, Martin Amis’ acclaimed ‘70s novel gets an update for the techno-age in this macabre screen translation. Paul Bettany plays the witty and charming Quentin, who joins a group of student friends at Appleseed Rectory for a weekend of sex, drugs, alcohol and general excess. The stakes are raised by the arrival of three mysterious Americans with a suitcase of drugs and an even more creative attitude to decadence than Quentin and his friends. But hovering over this weekend of mayhem is the spectre of The Conceptualists. This secretive group of Internet anarchists delights in inflicting a violent revenge on those they regard as society’s “wasters”, and it soon becomes evident that they have invaded Appleseed Rectory. As events take a dark and bloody turn, is the mayhem caused by external forces – or by someone very close to home?
- Import DVD
- PAL Region 2