I finally had a chance to watch "Nowhere Boy" this weekend, a film that had been on my "to watch list" for a while now. It's about John Lennon's childhood and teenage years, his relationship with his aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his mother Julia and it's about how he first got into music. The film is directed by Sam Taylor-Wood and stars Aaron Johnson as John Lennon, Kristin Scott Thomas as Mimi and Anne-Marie Duff as John's mother. The set design and art direction give you the feeling of actually being there in that time (and I really enjoyed living in the 1950s there for a bit!) and the acting is simply superb.
Although I myself am a big fan of The Beatles, you don't nééd to be one to enjoy this film. It's exceptionally cool and occasionally touching and I highly recommend it. You can watch the trailer below and here's the official synopsis:
Imagine John Lennon's childhood.. A lonely teenager, curious and sharp, growing up in the shattered city of Liverpool. Two incredible women clash for his love. Mimi, the formidable aunt who raised him, and Julia, the spirited mother who gave him up. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into music. His fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the young Paul McCartney. But just as John's new life begins, the truth about his past leads to a tragedy he would never escape. Poignant and powerful, the untold story of the boy who created The Beatles.
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