Hallam Foe is a very unusual, oedipal adolescent, one of many young screen protagonists that seem to be the spawn of the original fictional teenage weirdo, Holden Caulfield.
After a lurid altercation with his father's distinctly dodgy lover, Hallam jumps ship and goes to the big city, where he quickly becomes obsessed with a female stranger who resembles his mother, and struggles with the loss of innocence and tensions of adolescence.
The seventeen year-old Hallam Foe is a weird teenager that misses his mother, who committed suicide by drowning in a lake near their house in Edinburgh after an overdose of sleeping pills.
Hallam spends his spare time peeping at the locals and blames his stepmother Verity Foe, accusing her of killing his mother.
Hallam Foe is a 2007 Scottish drama film directed by David Mackenzie based on the novel written by Peter Jinks.
The film was released in the United States as Mister Foe.
The early scenes are full of an atmosphere of unknown menace and lurid danger, reminiscent of Ian Mac Ewan's early stories.
Hallam's sister leaves home to attend university and it becomes clear that Verity and his father want Hallam to move on as well.
Hallam initially refuses due to his suspicion of Verity, but she uses his diaries first to have sex with him and then to blackmail him into leaving.
Cast: Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, Claire Forlani, Ciarán Hinds, Lucy Holt, Jamie Sives, Maurice Roëves, Ewen Bremner, Kirsty Shepheard.
Screenplay: David Mackenzie and Ed Whitmore (based on the novel by Peter Jinks). audiences, during its Fall 2008 release, the movie has been retitled Mister Foe, but I cannot think why: the new title loses its odd flavor while gaining nothing in the directions of clarity, poetry, or meaning.