|Cast||Alex King Juliette Caton Jason Merrells Oliver Young Richard Banks Kirsten Parker Geoff Lawson Giles Ward Jurek Jarosz Teresa Nowakowska Andrew Tiernan Leonard Trusty Danny Bowers Elly Fairman Esme Eliot Daniel Peacock Danusia Michniewicz Rocky Rising Simon Merrells Gary Hailes|
|Plot||Small Time Obsession is a story of love and betrayal set amongst South London's Polish community. Michael Korczynski has his heart set on training and racing greyhounds at his local stadium but is under pressure from his father to take charge of the family delicatessen. Steve is an orphan with a passion for classic cars and John is a talented musician struggling to come to terms with hid depressed mother. Both out of loyalty as friends and the need to earn money to keep their dreams alive, all three do work for amiable wide-boy, Chris, who seems to be heading inevitably towards a life of crime. This is further underlined when Chris forms a relationship with small-time villain Geordie, who is, in turn to manoeuvre himself into the established underworld. Unsettled by Chris's increasingly criminal ambitions. Michael becomes torn between loyalty to his friend and his own needs and desires which include an, as yet undisclosed, infatuation with Chris'long-standing girlfriend, Ali. However when Michael overhears Ali telling Chris that she is pregnant and Chris denying his responsibilities, he is incensed and decides to make a stand.... search for Small Time Obsession on IMDb|
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|United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Biographies, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Production Notes, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Erroneously labelled a "gangster film", the independently made British film Small Time Obsession is in fact a thought-provoking essay on generation gaps and loyalties. London's Polish District is the setting, where four long-term friends are used to filling time and their pockets with petty crime. Michael (Alex King) has come to realise he has increasingly less in common with the others, and also with his parents who own a delicatessen. Life's big decisions elude Michael. His exclusively Polish-speaking father wants him to take over the family business, his greyhound Bullitt is starting to win prizes at the track and he's also secretly in love with Ali (Juliette Caton). Unfortunately she's already spoken for by tough guy Chris (Jason Merrells). This love triangle hardly has time to sort itself out since Chris is inadvertently embroiling them all in more Big Time crime. Although the circumstances inevitably lead to bouts of violence , what's refreshing here is that character relationships genuinely resonate with believability. First time writer/director Piotr Szkopiak tells the story with several shades of sympathetic subtlety, sensitively portraying the problems of a generation torn between inheriting their parents' displaced traditions and "fitting in".|
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