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Morvern Callar (2002)

R | | Drama | 1 November 2002 (UK)
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After her beloved husband's suicide, a mourning supermarket worker and her best friend hit the road in Scotland, but find that grief is something that you can't run away from forever.

Director:

Lynne Ramsay

Writers:

Lynne Ramsay (screenplay by), Liana Dognini (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
10 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Morton ... Morvern Callar
Kathleen McDermott Kathleen McDermott ... Lanna
Paul Popplewell ... Cat in the Hat
Ruby Milton Ruby Milton ... Couris Jean
Dolly Wells ... Susan
Dan Cadan ... Dazzer
Carolyn Calder Carolyn Calder ... Sheila Tequila
Raife Patrick Burchell Raife Patrick Burchell ... Boy in Room 1022
Steve Cardwell Steve Cardwell ... Welcoming Courier
Bryan Dick ... Guy with Hat's Mate
El Carrette El Carrette ... Gypsy Taxi Driver
Andrew Flanagan Andrew Flanagan ... Overdose
Des Hamilton ... Him
Mette Karlsvik Mette Karlsvik ... Sick Girl / Bikini Girl
Andrew Knowles Andrew Knowles ... Green Boy #1
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Storyline

Following her boyfriend's suicide, supermarket clerk Morvern Callar passes off his unpublished novel as her own. With the money her boyfriend left for his funeral, she leaves Scotland for Ibiza where she travels with her closest friend. The journey prompts a series of internal and external transformations for Morvern-- ones which bring to light her experiences of grief, memory, freedom, and desire. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Company Pictures | Warp [UK]

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le voyage de Morvern Callar See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,836, 22 December 2002

Gross USA:

$267,907

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$772,336
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Morvern Callar was the debut novel by Scottish author Alan Warner, first published in 1995. See more »

Goofs

When Morvern drags Lanna out of the hotel room and into the cab with the loud music and the decorated dashboard, the shots of the driver show that the dials on the dashboard of the car are not operating, suggesting that the car is, in fact, being towed for filming purposes. See more »

Quotes

Lanna: Where are we going?
Morvern Callar: Somewhere beautiful.
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Connections

References Ms .45 (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Hold of Death
Written by Edmund Brooks
Performed by Lee 'Scratch' Perry (as Lee "Scratch" Perry)
Courtesy of Creole Music Ltd
By Arrangement with Creole Records Ltd
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very strange, but very good
20 November 2002 | by ClassybirdSee all my reviews

I won't summarise the plot as it is done so by other reviewers.

This is a highly original and unconventional yet mesmerising piece and I agree with many others that Lynne Ramsay is an exceptional talent, who possesses a vision the likes of Guy Ritchie could never even begin to imagine.

This is not an easy film to watch and it requires patience and concentration. Ramsay lets the film unfurl, slowly, with confidence and an assured touch that uses mystery and a touch of incoherence to create a confusing but oddly compelling dreamscape. Where are we? What are we seeing? What exactly is Morvern thinking and feeling? She is clearly in a very strange, disorientated headspace and this film is perfectly engineered to assist us in understanding and occupying that space.

The mystery and enigma of Morvern is wonderfully portrayed by Samantha Morton and the soundtrack encapsulates the atmosphere, as does the lack of incidental music.

Those that want to quibble over inconsistencies such as the direction of the computer keyboard delete key and whether it is in fact possible to bury a body on the moors with a trowel should get over it, step back and look at the big picture.


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