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Total Crap: 9.68%

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Morvern Callar
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Like a windsock."
4 stars

Morbid, to say the least, miniscule portrait of the titled-character who finds her boyfriend dead (a suicide) on the floor by their Christmas tree.

He bequeaths her his just-finished novel, and she instead submits it to a publisher under her name, empties his bank account and disposes of the body herself. A trip to Spain with her best friend ensues. Samantha Morton, as the lead character, has all the talent that many said Emily Watson possessed, but that I never saw. The film is meager, not tied down to much of a story, but this windsock has enough air blowing through it in a compelling direction that its wanderlust pumps some life into this portrait. Lynne Ramsay continues in her quest for the desolate and derelict after her last feature, Ratcatcher. What separates the two is Morvern Callar’s objective and free observation, removed from the pity request of the former movie. Draining as this one may be (also nicely filmed by Alwin H. Kuchler), it lacks Ramsay’s previous imposing and demanding nature. With Kathleen McDermott.


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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Brisbane Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Brisbane Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 CineVegas Film Festival For more in the 2005 CineVegas Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

5/12/08 mr.mike Worth seeing , albeit somewhat pointless.... 4 stars
9/24/07 smrtpants morvern's opportun-survival-ist character is namesake-worthy...m.orver_callar 4 stars
1/03/07 Charles Tatum So depressing, I wanted to be the dead boyfriend 1 stars
12/06/05 SMA tedious,slow and too dark 1 stars
11/12/04 BM Sublime - (Lynne, your "Lovely Bones" would have been cherished). 5 stars
8/05/04 liz absolutely wonderful... a film to be experienced rather than watched 5 stars
6/30/04 N. Lautremond Truth is more strange than reality 5 stars
1/24/04 Desperado A good movie, a good look at life through the eyes of a wanderer, Great Acting 5 stars
9/09/03 David Hartstein One of the best of '02 5 stars
1/03/03 Heather Samantha Morton is brilliant as ever 5 stars
12/24/02 Tim Kinsella This is a visual masterpiece.. It's wonderful.. amazing. 5 stars
12/23/02 NoMargin Incredibly slow moving 2 stars
12/21/02 Terry M. HUH? 1 stars
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Directed by
  Lynne Ramsay

Written by
  Lynne Ramsay

  Samantha Morton
  Kathleen McDermott
  Linda McGuire
  Duncan McHardy

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