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19 August 2009 (France) See more »
What would you do if someone was watching you?
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:
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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)

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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 »
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11 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Melancholic Thriller, 7 March 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The depressed and needy designer Robert Forrester (Paddy Considine) has just moved from New York to work in the Lavigne Aeronautics in a small town. Robert is under pressure and stalking Jenny Thierolf (Julia Stiles), sneaking around the woods every night to see the happiness of the young woman that lives alone in an isolated house. Robert is divorcing from his manipulative and cynical wife Nickie Grace (Caroline Dhavernas)in New York and is not interested in another relationship at that moment. When Jenny sees Robert snooping her, he introduces himself and she surprisingly invites him to talk to her and drink a coffee. When Jenny's boyfriend Greg Wyncoop (James Gilbert) proposes her, she realizes that she does not love him and breaks up with Greg. Then Jenny falls in love with Robert and pursues him everywhere; however Robert does not want to commit with her. Robert is loathed by Greg's friends and one day, Greg forces Robert's car off the road and attacks Robert, but Robert hits him in self-defense and leaves Greg unconscious nearby a river. When Greg goes missing, Robert becomes the prime-suspect of the police. He loses his promotion; he is suspended from his job; his friend Jack Neilson (Gord Rand) leaves him; his landlord asks his house back; and Jenny commits suicide. When Robert is shot on the street, he is sure that the responsible is Greg, but nobody believes in his words.

"The Cry of the Owl" is a melancholic thriller based on a novel of Patricia Highsmith and a remake of a Claude Chabrol's film of 1987 that unfortunately I have not had the chance to see yet. The story is engaging and sad and the performances are top-notch. The beauty of Caroline Dhavernas' eyes and face is impressive and her character Nickie Grace is a real bitch. The jinx of Robert Forrester is credible despite some stupid attitudes. The conclusion is open to interpretations and I Intend to compare with Chabrol's film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Vôo da Coruja" ("The Flight of the Owl")

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