In “The Acid House,” Irvine Welsh’s World Is Once Again On View

May 19, 2017 — Irvine Welsh understands the world he writes about. Born in Edinburgh, familiar with working class poverty and the punk scene. He is concerned with Scottish identity, hooliganism and class divides.

The Acid House
is a triptych of films based on short stories by Welsh (Trainspotting) which takes you back into the world of young men from the slums of North Edinburgh — men who are not at good places in their lives.

In the first story, The Granton Star Cause, Boab loses his job, his girlfriend, is dumped by his soccer team and is thrown out of his house by his kinky, over-sexed parents on the same day. Aching from his day of pain, Boab converses with God in a pub, and God turns him into a horsefly. And although his fate is certainly not what he had wished, he does find a way to make the best of it.

In A Soft Touch, Johnny (Kevin McKidd, Trainspotting, Grey’s Anatomy) always tries to make things work out. He means well, but in truth he is a patsy. His wife, who had slept with practically every man present at their wedding, starts an affair with a man who moves into their apartment building. The man progresses from adulterer to thief, stealing electronics, electricity and anything else he wants, from Johnny.

The Acid House tells the story of Coco, a lazy, drug-taking slob who is struck by lightning during an LSD trip. For some unexplainable reason, that causes his soul to switch with that of the unborn baby of a happy couple (Martin Clunes, Doc Martin and Jemma Redgrave, Howard’s End). After the baby is born, it has Coco’s rowdy, randy personality. Meanwhile, the adult-looking Coco is lying in a hospital bed in a state of newborn inanity.

Directed by Paul McGuigan (Victor Frankenstein, Lucky Number Slevin), The Acid House won 6 awards during its festival circuit.

Stream The Acid House on Amazon Video.

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