DVD Morvern Callar [DVD] [2003] [English] [Region 1] (DVD 34037),
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Morvern Callar [DVD] [2003] [English] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • The role of the aimless young rebel hiding behind an emotional wall and steely eyes has been monopolized by men in the movies since James Dean. Samantha Morton, one of her generation's most gifted actors, makes the most of her opportunity to embody such a figure in her role as the title character of MORVERN CALLAR. Momentarily frozen by the suicide of her boyfriend, Morvern mines two words from his brief suicide note: be brave. Finally removing his body from the apartment floor, she buries her boyfriend, pocketing the funeral money he left. She also courts publishers, claiming authorship of the novel he left behind as his legacy. Her new financial freedom and sense of mortality brings Morvern, joined by her coworker Lana (Kathleen McDermott), out of her bleak surroundings to a Spanish resort where the two are surrounded by fellow clubbers.

    Lynne Ramsay (RATCATCHER) evokes emotion through landscape as Morvern and Lana flee the dreary Scottish winter for a Spanish coastal town bathed in sunlight. Working from Alan Warner's novel, Ramsay uses powerful imagery and a soundtrack vacillating between contemplative silence, abrasive sound effects, and hip music to create a purely cinematic work, avoiding the trappings of an adaptation.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3093

  • Credits
    Samantha Morton, Kathleen McDermott, Linda McGuire, Duncan McHardy, Dolly Wells, Jim Wilson
  • Critic Reviews
    "...MORVERN CALLAR is eye-absorbing....[Morton's] performance here is spot-on, managing to give just enough hints as to what makes Morvern tick..."
    Total Film

    "...MORVERN CALLAR confirms Lynne Ramsay as an important, original talent in international cinema..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Blithely powerful....The wonderfully lush MORVERN CALLAR is pure punk existentialism..."
    New York Times

    "...A mesmerizingly cinematic poem from the first frame to the last..."

    "...The director, Lynne Ramsey, works in the tony austere style of Catherine Breillat and Claire Denis. She creates a mood of swank amorality....[With] a great soundtrack..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Samantha Morton is so good you'll follow her anywhere....Ramsay and Morton fill this character study with poetic force and buoyant feeling..."
    Rolling Stone

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