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Morvern Callar

Morvern Callar
  • 2002
  • UK/Canada
  • 97 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lynne Ramsay
  • Written by: Lynne Ramsay, Liana Dognini, Alan Warner (novel)
  • Cast: Samantha Morton, Kathleen McDermott

Small town hedonist and check-out girl Morvern Callar (Morton) awakes one morning to find her boyfriend has committed suicide. When she finds the finished manuscript of her boyfriend's novel she puts her name on it, sells it to a publisher and goes on holiday with her best friend Lanna (McDermott). Initially, the vacation is little more than a jaunt to Ibiza, but Callar soon finds her expectations of life change even as her friend remains devout to her shitheel life in a dead end town. Ramsay, co-screenwriter Liana Dognini and Morton have done a remarkable job of transposing this quirky, distant character and her awkward strange journey to the screen. In an age of saccharine and spice and all things predictable this is surprisingly brave cerebral filmmaking.

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