The story, which is set in a small village on a remote Scottish Island, centres around the gifted Callum who is in his final year at school and preparing to go to University in Aberdeen on ... See full summary »

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Wilma Kennedy
Donna Macleod
Iain MacLeod
D.W. Stiubhart
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The story, which is set in a small village on a remote Scottish Island, centres around the gifted Callum who is in his final year at school and preparing to go to University in Aberdeen on the mainland. He receives private tuition from Charles McAllister a former Headmaster at the village school who has become bitter since the death of his wife. McAllister coaches Callum in French and Poetry. When he is not coaching Callum he is compiling a photo biography of the characters in the village. The wedding of the young village nurse is to form the centre piece of his biography. The story traces the life of characters in the village as recorded by McAllister, but seen through the eyes of Callum. It is the story of the life, loves and motivators in the life of young man in the process of breaking free from the place where he grew up. Written by Anonymous

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A good story of internal conflict and coming-of-age
13 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

As an Eilean is a creative blend of two stories, one a novel about an island loner and the other a short story about a young man's coming of age. It is a quiet, thoughtful Scottish film worthy of a look. For the first-ever feature-length film in Scottish Gaelic one must not be too harsh. My greatest problem with it was the quality of the sound production; the actors' voices were occasionally muffled and difficult to hear. Someone said that we all have a story to tell and that it is essential for us all to tell these our own stories and not cling to another culture's. As an Eilean was written by a Gael and is set in the Highlands among Gaelic-speaking people. So many of our stories are told for us through the medium of "American" or world pop culture, which really belongs to no one. This is an exception.


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