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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:
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 »
Continuity: At 57.30, you see Jenny coming out of the house with a box and three boxes on the ground next to her car. She puts the box in her hand in the car, she then takes up one of the boxes on the ground, which leaves two boxes. She proceeds to talk to her friend. When the shot opens up the boxes are no longer on the ground and drives away.See more »
Movie Connections:
References It's a Wonderful Life (1946)See more »
A Kiss to Build a Dream OnSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Solid drama explores intriguing themes, 12 July 2014
Author: Wuchak from Ohio/PA border

"The Cry of the Owl" is a 2009 Canadian psychological-drama with thriller elements based on the Patricia Highsmith novel. The story revolves around Robert Forrester (Paddy Considine) who has a great job, but is in the process of a divorce and has recently moved out of the big city. He becomes intrigued by a random girl he spots at a country house and secretly gazes at her from the woods at night. A relationship eventually develops and the girl, Jenny (Julia Stiles), starts overly-monitoring him and he begins to regret the relationship. Meanwhile, Jenny's ex (James Gilbert) isn't happy about the situation and neither is Robert's ex (Caroline Dhavernas). The situation soon spirals out of control.

The story is fairly engaging and the actors are effective, particularly Considine as the protagonist, but the ending is ambiguous and left to interpretation. Regardless, the themes are intriguing: romanticism vs. logic, fate and fatalism vs. chance encounter, omens and signs vs. random happenings and the irony of role reversal or reaping what you sow.

It's not great and it's too pessimistic -- probably because it's really a tragedy -- but it's a solid psycho-drama with intriguing ideas that'll leave you pondering or scratching your head. The latter is why many people don't like it.

The film runs 100 minutes and was shot in Ontario.


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