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MOVIES: A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE; EDMOND Cert 18, 82mins **.

Byline: DAVID EDWARDS

This offbeat drama, filmed two years ago but only released here now, is about a man who one night decides to abandon his everyday life and take a walk on the wild side.

Based on David Mamet's play, William H Macy plays Edmond Burke, a Joe Schmo who stops to have his fortune read while returning from work one evening. After being told, "You're not where you belong" by his tarot card reader, he goes home, impulsively leaves his wife and heads into town for a night of abandon. He visits strip joints, brothels and down-at-heel bars before a terrible tragedy brings him back to his senses.

Mamet's an unpredictable writer, his output veering between the great (The Verdict and The Postman Always Rings Twice) and the not-sog reat (We're No Angels and Hoffa).

Also starring Julia Stiles, Denise Richards and Mena Suvari, Edmond is a slight, selfconsciously arty affair that starts off like a gloomy version of Falling Down before petering out with a deeply anti-climatic ending. The acting is spot-on, with Stiles and Macy in great form (there's also a scene-stealing turn from Bokeem Woodbine as a jail inmate), but everything else is deeply dull.

THE REEL LOWDOWN

IF YOU LIKED... I Stand Alone, Changing Lanes.. YOU'LL LIKE THIS.

This is a slight, self-consciously arty affair which peters out into anti-climax

STAR RATINGS: ***** Must see at all cost **** A+ entertainment *** Average ** Poor * Save your money

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WILD AT HEART: William H Macy and Julia Stiles; EXOTIC: Edmond visits strip clubs on his night out
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 6, 2007
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