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24 November 2006

[Reel-Reviews] L.I.E. (5 stars)

This is the third recent film we’ve seen that’s dealt with the difficult and sensitive subject of sex and children – Little Children, The Woodsman and now L.I.E. (the Long Island Expressway).

“On the Long Island Expressway, there are lanes going east, lanes going west, and lanes going straight to hell.”

A beautifully shot and constructed film about the life of one 15 year old coming of age, with a masterful and flawless performance by Brian Cox. But it was the character Scott (played by Walter Masterson) that's still with me days after. He’s 'Not Peter Pan' – both the Boy Who Grew Up and all shadow, no boy. A terrifyingly good and stunning turn in equal measure.

Well worth seeking this one out.

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