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Morvern Callar (2002)

R | | Drama | 1 November 2002 (UK)
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After her beloved boyfriend'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.


Lynne Ramsay


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Morton ... Morvern Callar
Kathleen McDermott Kathleen McDermott ... Lanna
Paul Popplewell ... Cat in the Hat
Ruby Milton Ruby Milton ... Couris Jean
Dolly Wells ... Susan
Dan Cadan ... Dazzer
Carolyn Calder Carolyn Calder ... Sheila Tequila
Raife Patrick Burchell Raife Patrick Burchell ... Boy in Room 1022
Steve Cardwell Steve Cardwell ... Welcoming Courier
Bryan Dick ... Guy with Hat's Mate
El Carrette El Carrette ... Gypsy Taxi Driver
Andrew Flanagan Andrew Flanagan ... Overdose
Des Hamilton ... Him
Mette Karlsvik Mette Karlsvik ... Sick Girl / Bikini Girl
Andrew Knowles Andrew Knowles ... Green Boy #1


Following her boyfriend's suicide, supermarket clerk Morvern Callar passes off his unpublished novel as her own.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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Did You Know?


Morvern Callar was the debut novel by Scottish author Alan Warner, first published in 1995. See more »


When Morvern and Lana walk down the Spanish desert road, Morvern turns around in two shots, revealing the wireless mike in the back pocket of her jeans. See more »


Lanna: Where are we going?
Morvern Callar: Somewhere beautiful.
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References Ms .45 (1981) See more »


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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1 April 2008 | by sol1218See all my reviews

(There are Spoilers) Out of the ordinary film about a somewhat whacked out young woman Morvern Callar, Samantha Morton, who's discovery of her live in boyfriend James Gillespie dead in their apartment on Christmas Eve drives her off the deep end.

James for some reason killed himself by slashing his wrists just as he finished his great Scottish novel. Leaving instructions on his computer, but not saying why he did himself in, for Morvern James tells her to get his "litereary masterpiece" published as a last favor for him. If she wasn't nuts already, before discovering James dead, Morvern completely losses it not even bothering to report James' death to the local police or health department. This has James lying in the apartment for almost a week slowly decomposing, as well as attracting flies and roaches, where Morvern had to finally get rid of him. She does this ghastly job by chopping James' corpse up into little pieces and dropping them off in the woods outside of town.

Now with her wiring James' novel to British book publishers Tom Boddington, James Wilson, and his girlfriend Venessa, Linda McGuire, Morvern plans to get in touch with them in Andulucia in warm and sunny Southern Spain, from cold and damp Argyll Scotland, to see just what they both think of it. Morvern not only sent the novel to the London book publishers but also, something that they don't know, put her name on the manuscript as if she, not James, wrote it.

The remainder of the film has Morvern who empties out her late boyfriends James ATM account, of over 3,000 pound sterling, together with her best friend Lanna, Kathleen McDermott, traveling to Spain for a long vacation. Lanna has no idea of what her friend Morvern is really up to in that she keeps James' death from her as well as his unpublished novel. Lanna doesn't know that she's only going along with Morvern just to keep her company until she contacts Tom & Venessa who by now are very interested in having her ,or really James, book published. We have a number of sexual escapades with Morvern and Lanna with some young men they meet at a local hotel in Spain with Morvern getting seriously involved with the boy from hotel-room #1022, Raife Patrick Burchell.

Raife had just learned that his mother passed away and Morvern hearing him sobbing in his hotel-room offers him comfort, as well as sex, to ease his terrible loss. It seemed to me that Morvern saw in Raife the same loneliness and depression that she's now suffering from because of her lover, James Gillespie, suicide.

It's later when Morvern has Lanna rush out of the hotel, with only her underwear on, for a taxi ride into Central Spain that Lanna finally realized that her good friend is on the verge of having a nervous breakdown. Leaving Lanna alone, with enough cash to get back to Scotland, Morvern finally gets in touch with Tom & Vanessa about her book that their so impressed with. It's then when Morvern starts to get second thoughts in what she's doing, stealing James manuscript. But with the 100,000 pounds sterling advance for her, or James, book offered by Tom & Venessa has Morvern suddenly change her mind.

****SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON****Half baked ending with Morvern back in Argyll Scotland, with a check for 100,000 pound sterling, getting in touch with a surprised Lanna at the local watering hole. Offering to take Lanna on another European tour Morvern is rebuffed by Lanna telling her that the boring life in Argyll is just find with her. Lanna seems to have had enough of Morvern and her hair-brained ideas of what a good time really is. Alone with Lanna not there to share her money with her Morvern is last seen sitting on the dock of the railroad station waiting for the train to pull up and take her for a long ride out of town.

Despite having a very confusing story that just goes on and on without, in most scenes, making any sense at all "Morvern Callar" has some of the best and eye popping, mostly in the scenes in Spain, cinematography I've ever seen. It's for that and that reason alone that "Morvern Callar" is more then worth watching and sitting through.

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1 November 2002 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,836, 22 December 2002

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1.85 : 1
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