Young Adam

A FILM BY David Mackenzie

A resonant, beautifully modulated relationships drama set amid the canals and gray stone buildings of early '50s Scotland.
-Derek Elley, Variety
Besides terrific performances, it boasts terrific cinematography by Giles Nuttgens that contrasts stunningly beautiful and grimly ugly Scottish landscapes.
-Lou Lumenick, New York Post
Young Adam haunts like a loyalty betrayed or a secret never revealed.
-Peter Howell, Toronto Star


Featuring a strong cast headed by Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullan and Emily Mortimer, YOUNG ADAM is a moody, sensual thriller that takes place on the canals between Glasgow and Edinburgh during the 1950s. The film focuses on the crisis of Joe (McGregor); a young drifter who finds work on a barge owned by the down-to-earth Les (Mullan) and his enigmatic wife Ella (Swinton). One afternoon Joe and Les happen upon the corpse of a young woman floating in the water and the questions begin. Accident? Suicide? Murder? As the police investigate the case and a suspect is arrested, it becomes evident that Joe knows more about the drowned woman Cathie (Mortimer) than he will admit. Meanwhile, against the backdrop of the investigation, Joe and Ella embark on a passionate affair. Written and directed by the award-winning filmmaker David Mackenzie, YOUNG ADAM is adapted from novel by the Scottish Beat writer Alexander Trocchi.

Theatrical Release Date

Friday, May 28, 2004
Original Languages: English
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 99 min.
Year: 2003


Emily Mortimer
Peter Mullan
Tilda Swinton
Ewan McGregor
David Mackenzie