Perversities

Down and out in London with an angry, erudite drifter

In the movies, freedom is one of the forms that glamour takes. It's the grail at the end of the trail, the glow at the end of every mean street. It's what heroes fight to gain or preserve, what they become improbably articulate about in defending. It is, in short, a pretty thing treasured by pretty people.

Or was, until a street person named Johnny lurched into the mind of English writer-director Mike Leigh. Johnny is played in Naked by David Thewlis, who won the best-actor prize at Cannes for a performance so perfectly perverse that much as you want to,...

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