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Morvern Callar (2002)

R | | Drama | 1 November 2002 (UK)
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.

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Following her boyfriend's suicide, supermarket clerk Morvern Callar passes off his unpublished novel as her own.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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Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Le voyage de Morvern Callar  »

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£82,014 (UK) (1 November 2002)

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$267,194 (USA) (22 August 2003)
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Morvern Callar was the debut novel by Scottish author Alan Warner, first published in 1995. See more »

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The shot of the railway station at the end of the film shows tracks with a third live rail. Although never mentioned by name, Morvern lives in Oban, where the railway station is served only by diesel-powered trains - in fact, no railway lines in Scotland use a third live rail as a power source. See more »

Quotes

Morvern Callar: Fuck work Lana, we can go anywhere you like.
Lanna: I'm happy here.
Morvern Callar: Are ya?
Lanna: Yeah, everyone I know is here. There's nothing wrong with here. It's the same crapness everywhere, so stop dreaming.
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References Ms .45 (1981) See more »

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Cool in the Pool
Written by Holger Czukay
Performed by Holger Czukay (as Holgar Czukay)
Courtesy of Messer Music Publishing Ltd/Spoon Records (UK) Ltd
By Arrangement with Bucks Music Ltd
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The art of not being
13 November 2007 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

Samantha Morton stars as a "morally ambiguous" young Scottish woman who seems to come into and go from her life and surroundings without the least bit of effect from others or towards herself. I would almost label this film an Existential effort, but the main character, "Morvern Callar", DOES occasionally seem to connect with someone or something… seem… Samantha Morton does a wonderful job creating a character that deserves no attention, yet keeps you watching. Think of this story as one expressing Distances – Detachments – Disabled Psyches. Her reactions seem consistently inappropriate – ill timed for the moment. Her socialization gene was stunted at birth. Life, for better and worse, is little more than water off her back. She's not being mean, she's not being ironic, she's not being moody. She's just not being. (PS: If you have trouble with Scottish accents, prepare to concentrate.)


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