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Morvern Callar (2002)

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Following her boyfriend's suicide, supermarket clerk Morvern Callar passes off his unpublished novel as her own.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 ... See full summary »

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Following her boyfriend's suicide, supermarket clerk Morvern Callar passes off his unpublished novel as her own.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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£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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When Morvern changes the name on the manuscript, there is a shot of her hitting the "delete" key repeatedly, followed by a shot of the cursor at the end of her boyfriend's name, and the characters disappearing one by one from the end. In English versions of Windows (and Mac OS X), the "delete" key deletes characters after the cursor, not before it. Depending on the program and keyboard, "delete" could work like "backspace." See more »

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Lanna: Where are we going?
Morvern Callar: Somewhere beautiful.
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Dedicated to the One I Love
Written by Ralph Bass / Lowman Pauling
Performed by The Mamas and the Papas
Courtesy of Universal Music Publishing Ltd/Trio Music Company Inc/Fort Knox Music Inc
By Arrangement with Universal/MCA Music (UK) Ltd
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very strange, but very good
20 November 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I won't summarise the plot as it is done so by other reviewers.

This is a highly original and unconventional yet mesmerising piece and I agree with many others that Lynne Ramsay is an exceptional talent, who possesses a vision the likes of Guy Ritchie could never even begin to imagine.

This is not an easy film to watch and it requires patience and concentration. Ramsay lets the film unfurl, slowly, with confidence and an assured touch that uses mystery and a touch of incoherence to create a confusing but oddly compelling dreamscape. Where are we? What are we seeing? What exactly is Morvern thinking and feeling? She is clearly in a very strange, disorientated headspace and this film is perfectly engineered to assist us in understanding and occupying that space.

The mystery and enigma of Morvern is wonderfully portrayed by Samantha Morton and the soundtrack encapsulates the atmosphere, as does the lack of incidental music.

Those that want to quibble over inconsistencies such as the direction of the computer keyboard delete key and whether it is in fact possible to bury a body on the moors with a trowel should get over it, step back and look at the big picture.


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