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Christopher Nolan made his feature directorial debut with this 16mm black-and-white British suspense drama, shot on weekends with a $6,000 budget. Wannabe writer Bill, aka "The Young Man" (Jeremy Theobald), is "between jobs," living in impoverished circumstances with no prospects, plots, or outlines. Desperate for ideas, he begins following people in the street to "gather material," more accurately described as a venture into voyeurism. When Cobb (Alex Haw) realizes he's being followed, he confronts Bill. Cobb explains that he goes one step further -- entering… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Entertaining, but material doesn't develop the full, edgy potential that similar paranoid-triangle efforts realized."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"a harbinger of things to come, an exercise in the kind of temporal gymnastics, sleight-of-hand shifts in perspective, and rigorous insights into the dark depths of human nature that have defined Nolan's later films"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Following est un exercice de style et d'ingéniosité qui nous rappelle [Memento] tout en ayant un cachet bien particulier."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
"Low-budget debut from Memento's director subtly transposes you to a sinful urban nightmare."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Uses a fragmented storyline, but it doesn't really serve to advance the plot or increase the suspense. In this case, it seems to be just a directorial trick"
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Audiences will walk out of the theater shocked to find that only 70 minutes have gone by."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"This clammy, noirish thriller time-hops with a vengeance."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Unlike some other flicks that have had this sort of labyrinthine structure, Nolan's made sure that everything works..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A challenging and intriguing piece of work."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The film leaves a good impression on the viewer as one that is ably directed, written, acted, and photographed."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Besides the similarities in playing with time and structure, Nolan is already zeroed in on his favorite cinematic theme: obsession."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Before Memento, his breakthrough picture, Christopher Nolan made an impressive debut with the modest, short, but captivating film noir, Following."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This edgy little bit of nastiness is a good reason to start getting excited about British movies all over again."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Mesmerizing neo-noir drama."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A stylish and interesting film."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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