100 Streets

Down and Out in London ... With Idris Elba

Jim O’Hanlon’s soapy but affecting drama 100 Streets takes place within one square mile of London’s Chelsea and Battersea districts — though the legendary Battersea Power Station sadly does not make an appearance. It follows three primary characters from differing social strata as they go on about their individual but occasion- ally intertwined dramas. Max (Idris Elba) is a former rugby star estranged from his wife, Emily (Gemma Arterton), and children due to his tomcatting, alcoholism, and drug abuse; Kingsley (Franz Drameh) is a low-level drug dealer and promising writer trying to make a non-criminal life for himself; and George (Charlie Creed- Miles) is a cabbie whose efforts to adopt a child with his wife, Kathy (Kierston Wareing), are waylaid when he accidentally kills a pedestrian while swerving to avoid a careless bicyclist. The most touching relationship proves to be Kingsley and his unexpected mentor, the Nina Simone-loving cemetery caretaker Terence (Ken Stott) — who is, by far, the wisest graveyard worker since Hamlet. The very British 100 Streets makes its subtext text to the extent that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the words “Director’s Message” flash on the screen, but it’s always a joy to hear Elba using his native accent, even if certain other accents get so thick that Trainspotting-style subtitles would come in handy.

100 Streets
Not Rated.
Opens Friday at the Roxie Theater.

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