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I have Scotch blood in me, and films that depict the Scottish heritage are rare. The musical score underlines the portrayal of the gentle nature of the characters in this film. Scenery depicting the stark, barren beaches of Foula are images that you'll not soon forget. That such a film could even be made demonstrates that we now live in a much harsher and more violent time. The way, for instance, that Peter Manson overcomes his prejudice against his daughter's lover is a tender yet non-verbal reconciliation scene that almost breaks your heart. This is a film for people who are capable, at least, of still remembering that such a time existed when people were gentle and kind to each other. The average gang-banger from L.A. or New York, for instance, won't be able to appreciate it.
If you liked this film, I recommend "I Know Where I'm Going" as another that portrays Scottish customs and traditions. And both films have the excellent actor Finlay Currie in them.
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