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19 August 2009 (France) See more »
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A troubled young man retreats from the big city and his ex-wife for the tranquility of a small town. He is drawn into a relationship with a young woman whose boyfriend goes missing, leaving the new arrival as a suspect. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Paddy Considine ... Robert Forrester

Julia Stiles ... Jenny Thierolf
Karl Pruner ... Mr. Jaffe
Phillip MacKenzie ... Lavigne Client

Gord Rand ... Jack Neilson

James Gilbert ... Greg Wyncoop
R.D. Reid ... Mr. Kolbe

Caroline Dhavernas ... Nickie Grace

Alex Karzis ... Robert's Lawyer (as Constantine Alex Karzis)
Marcia Laskowski ... Nickie's Lawyer

Krista Bridges ... Elaine

Charlotte Sullivan ... Sally Nielson
Robbie Campbell ... Walt Neilson

Jennifer Kydd ... Susie Escham

Dru Viergever ... Bill

Peter MacNeill ... Sam Rhodes
Jonah Allison ... Police Officer #3

Brian Bisson ... Police Officer #1

Arnold Pinnock ... Detective Anderson
Bruce McFee ... Detective Lippenholtz

Nicholas Campbell ... Mr. Wyncoop

James Byron ... Police Officer #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mya Rylyn Banks ... Baby at Party (uncredited)

Chris Gillett ... Mr. Thierolf (uncredited)

Sarah Podemski ... Nurse (uncredited)

Maria Ricossa ... Mrs. Thierolf (uncredited)

Directed by
Jamie Thraves 
Writing credits
Jamie Thraves (written by)

Patricia Highsmith (novel)

Produced by
Kirk D'Amico .... executive producer
Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre .... producer
Malte Grunert .... producer
Jennifer Kawaja .... producer
Ronald Kruschak .... creative producer: Studio Hamburg
Jamie Laurenson .... executive producer
Julia Sereny .... producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Stephen Ujlaki .... executive producer
Sytze Van Der Laan .... producer (as Sytze van der Laan)
Harro von Have .... associate producer
Claire Welland .... line producer
Michael Wood .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jeff Danna 
Cinematography by
Luc Montpellier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Charap 
Casting by
Robin D. Cook 
Pam Dixon 
Production Design by
Matthew Davies 
Art Direction by
Brent McGillivray 
Set Decoration by
Erica Milo 
Costume Design by
Lea Carlson 
Makeup Department
George Aywaz .... key hair stylist
Stephen Lynch .... key makeup artist
Amanda Milne .... first hair assistant
Production Management
Gabriele Niemeyer .... post-production supervisor
Claire Welland .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Black .... second assistant director
Jack Boem .... first assistant director: second unit
David Manion .... first assistant director
John Sauvé .... third assistant director
Art Department
Robert L. Blair .... property master (as Bob Blair)
Nitram Dass .... set dresser
Dwight Doerksen .... construction manager
Ed Doerkson .... head carpenter (as Ed Doerksen)
Neil Floyd .... art department trainee
Brent Kelly .... lead set dresser
Jordan Kerner .... set dresser
Robin Klein .... on-set dresser
Janet Macleod .... set dec buyer
Jack McCullough .... key scenic painter
Aaron Morrison .... second assistant art director
Glen Roemer .... assistant property master
Peeter Tammemagi .... gun wrangler (as Peter Tammemagi)
Matthew Alan Taylor .... storyboard artist
Rob Taylor .... head painter
Bill Williamson .... assistant head carpenter
Sound Department
Thekla Demelius .... sound assistant
Norbert Göke .... head of sound post-production
Nigel Holland .... sound designer
Nigel Holland .... supervising sound editor
Dominik Oppon .... foley recordist
Dimitrios Posukidis .... adr recordist
Dimitrios Posukidis .... dialogue editor
Annette Prey .... adr editor
Peter Roigk .... foley artist (as Peter Roik)
Peter Roigk .... foley editor (as Peter Roik)
Ralph Thiekötter .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Brock Jolliffe .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Ronney Afortu .... colorist
Tom Farr .... stunt rigger
Walter Masko .... stunt double: James Gilbert
Christopher McGuire .... stunt double: Robert (as Chris McGuire)
Alison Reid .... stunt coordinator
Alison Reid .... stunt double: Nickie
Bryan Renfro .... stunt double: Jed
Robert C. Shannon .... water safety
Camera and Electrical Department
Iain Baird .... steadicam
Darren Boyce .... key grip
Michael Curtis .... electrician
Jeff DaSilva .... second assistant camera (as Jeff Dasilva)
Greg Davis .... grip
Andy Jekabsons .... first assistant camera
Alex Jordan .... electrician
Christos Kalohoridis .... still photographer
Terry Kelly .... gaffer
Tricia Meyer .... camera loader
John Pogue .... best boy
Anthony Police .... dolly grip
Jerry Romanko .... grip
Cactus Simser .... generator operator
Jeff Smallacombe .... best boy grip
Michael Spicer .... camera operator
Michael Spicer .... cinematographer: second unit
Allyn Terry .... electrician
Ken Woroner .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jozie Conte .... set supervisor
Lori Endes .... wardrobe buyer
Lerelynne Phillips .... assistant costume designer
Karen Steele .... Truck Supervisor
Editorial Department
Julia Drache .... assistant editor
Benjamin Gerstein .... first assistant editor
Sebastian Lipp .... assistant editor: VCC
Michael Nollet .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ursula Campbell .... assistant music supervisor
Amy Fritz .... music supervisor
Brad Haehnel .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Don Chan .... transportation captain
Al MacNeil .... transportation coordinator
Joseph Ramdath .... unit driver
Other crew
Cynthia Amsden .... unit publicist
Kimberley Bradley .... production coordinator
Derek Brady .... location manager
William Chrysler .... office production assistant
Adam Chuckryk .... stand-in
Jane Conway .... animal wrangler
Tiffany Cox .... office production assistant
Thomas Diesselhorst .... scan operator
Donna Gardon .... script supervisor
Andrea Glinski .... production executive
Brad Gratkowski .... assistant location manager
Nico Grein .... production coordinator
Rhonda Hall .... stand-in
Marie-Noëlle Hauville .... general accountant (as Marie Noelle Hauville)
William Hawrylenko .... location production assistant
Bill Hong .... insert car operator
Geraldine Jourdan .... production coordinator
Vera Kehlenbrink .... production coordinator
Birgit Mangold .... key accountant: Studio Hamburg
Baynu Misir .... location production assistant
Keith Park .... assistant location manager
Danny Pawlick .... dialogue coach (as Dan Pawlick)
Basil Person .... assistant production coordinator
A.J. Reynolds .... office production assistant
Richard Rotter .... office production assistant
Günther Russ .... production executive: Studio Hamburg (as Guenther Russ)
Steve Sheridan .... second assistant accountant
Nora Simmons .... production accountant
Ute Storm .... title designer: main title
Harro von Have .... legal counsel: producer
Daniela Zomparelli .... first assistant accountant

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Rated R for violence and language
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (2011) | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (video premiere) (2010) | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 (edited version) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45966)

Did You Know?

Scott Speedman was originally up for the role of Greg Wyncoop.See more »
Factual errors: Owls fly silent so their prey cannot hear them. Their feathers are softer and therefore quieter against the wind.See more »
Movie Connections:
References It's a Wonderful Life (1946)See more »
RoscoeSee more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Compelling and Unsettling, 9 June 2011
Author: John Woodside from Canada

I was drawn into this film by the uneasy feeling that the central characters were being drawn into a slow-sucking situational quicksand, an experience that for most of us only happens in nightmares.

If you prefer snappy pace and predictability in your films, move on. As the other reviews indicate, you either really like this film, or really dislike it for any number of reasons. At times I wanted to grab the "hero" by the shoulders and give him a shake to snap him out of his apparent lassitude. At that point I realized the movie was working for me, I was invested emotionally. Casting stays refreshingly clear of stereotypes with not a "pretty boy" in sight, and direction, performances and technical credits are mostly right on the mark.

This picture would have done so much better at the box office if it had let the potential audience know that Patricia Highsmith was the author of Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train." For those of us not familiar with Highsmith's work, the title "The Cry of the Owl" is just too far removed from the essence of this film to be a draw.

So when you have the opportunity to see this film, relax, put your feet up and watch the first ten or so minutes. If you fall asleep, or find your mind turning towards undone kitchen tasks, then get back to "Jersey Shore" or whatever else gives your entertainment rush. If this film passes the ten-minute endurance test, you'll find it evolves into 100 minutes of compelling entertainment, destined to linger in the dark crannies of your mind for longer than you might expect.

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