Picks and Pans Review: Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise
In Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Linda Loman says "attention must be paid" to her broken-down husband, Willy. Try this British TV movie from Trainspotting director Danny Boyle and you'll have no choice about paying attention to manic vacuum-cleaner salesman Tommy Rag (Timothy Spall from Topsy-Turvy and Vanilla Sky). The blighter's always yelling in your face.
Shot on digital video at all sorts of cockeyed angles—Tommy has his pedal to the metal and a camera in his glove compartment—Vacuuming will leave some viewers so overstimulated they'll be up half the night. Spall's expletive-filled performance is like his character's sales pitch—relentless and irresistible. Michael Begley makes the perfect foil as Pete, the wide-eyed trainee Tommy mentors so menacingly. Pete's true desire is to be a nightclub deejay, and I must confess my failure to grasp the metaphorical significance of his dance-music mix at the climactic company party. But see this one for its energy—and a strong dose of Spall.
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