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Vacuuming Completely Nude In Paradise


Picture: C†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Telefilm: B-



Though made for the BBC, Danny Boyle saw his 2001 low-budget film Vacuuming Completely Nude In Paradise get a limited theatrical release.Recovering from the commercial (and critical) disappointment of The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio (which many thought of as a Mosquito Coast rehash), Boyle did something much more characteristic and is back in quirky form, at least.


Timothy Spall and Michael Begley are senior and junior salesmen who are on the road to get vacuums sold, but Spall is getting tired of the grind and new younger competition he sees (correctly to an extent) as not as good or skilled as he is.Begley is paired with him and does not seem as annoying as the others he could have landed up with, but that does not make all peaceful.Spallís Tommy Rag is about to go over his unethical edge and Begleyís Pete is a young, wet behind the ears guys with anxieties of his own in relation to money, sex and his future.Ragís fantasies show he is desperate to look for a better future quick before its too late.


So, Boyle was back to his quirky style, the film has some funny moments, but there is still as sense of repetition and predictability, including the ideas of people going nowhere since they loose the wealthy, opportunity or ideas that might help them make it.There always seems to be a robbery somewhere, but it seems more desperate than funny.Vacuuming Completely Nude In Paradise offers nothing we havenít seen before, even as good as Spall is, but fans who like Boyle should be pleased enough.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a wreck, looking as if it were shot on video and has image degrading problems inherent in the original materials.The Dolby Digital 5.1 AC-3 remix is a bit better than the 2.0 Stereo version, but there is hardly any surround information on either and you can tell the audio was conceived for TV.The only extra is a photo gallery.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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