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Morvern Callar (2002)

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

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Lynne Ramsay

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Lynne Ramsay (screenplay by), Liana Dognini (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

Following her boyfriend's suicide, supermarket clerk Morvern Callar passes off his unpublished novel as her own.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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Drama

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Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Company Pictures | Warp [UK]

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UK | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 November 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le voyage de Morvern Callar See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,836, 22 December 2002

Gross USA:

$267,194
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

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Ultimately flawed, but with some good ideas
18 November 2002 | by themiddletwentySee all my reviews

For me, the most notable thing about this film was the scarcity of dialogue. It is a brave move on the director's part for sure, but for a film that tells a story of personal awakening (of sorts), the infrequent speech means we can never be sure of what Morvern is thinking or feeling. We don't get much help from the camera either - the film is exquisitely shot, but many of the scenes have a confrontational, tense and opaque sense of aesthetics - there is not enough variation in feel to tell the story of someone who changes their life completely.

My reading of Morvern Callar (as a film and a character) is of a woman who escapes from a humdrum, ugly life. Through personal awakening, art and good fortune, she comes to embrace a more bohemian and expansive existence. In short, she learns to live.

It's a big story and a big theme - yet we never really understand how and why Morvern comes to change her entire outlook on life. Neither do we hear enough from her to mitigate the more unpleasant sides of her character - her frequent (and occasionally sociopathic) lack of emotional response, her selfish excess, her deliberate mistreating of her friend. I suspect she is supposed to be a hero of sorts, but she could equally be an anti-hero or even something in between. We just never find out enough about her - in her words, anyone else's words or the director's shooting of her.

I'm glad that the film has made me consider questions like this, and as an intellectual exercise it's therefore quite enjoyable. As entertainment, as statement or as spectacle however, it's quite badly flawed.


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