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The Cry of the Owl (2009)

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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.


Jamie Thraves


Jamie Thraves, Patricia Highsmith (novel)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Paddy Considine ... Robert Forrester
Julia Stiles ... Jenny Thierolf
Karl Pruner Karl Pruner ... Mr. Jaffe
Phillip MacKenzie ... Lavigne Client
Gord Rand ... Jack Neilson
James Gilbert ... Greg Wyncoop
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Mr. Kolbe
Caroline Dhavernas ... Nickie Grace
Alex Karzis ... Robert's Lawyer (as Constantine Alex Karzis)
Marcia Laskowski Marcia Laskowski ... Nickie's Lawyer
Krista Bridges ... Elaine
Charlotte Sullivan ... Sally Nielson
Robbie Campbell Robbie Campbell ... Walt Neilson
Jennifer Kydd Jennifer Kydd ... Susie Escham
Dru Viergever ... Bill


A young woman becomes inexplicably attracted to a man who is stalking her. When her boyfriend goes missing, the stalker is the immediate suspect, until a game of jealousy and betrayal turns deadly. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What would you do if someone was watching you?


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Julia Stiles was a last-minute replacement for Sarah Polley. See more »


After Robert's landlord inquires about Robert moving out, a city shot is shown. The city shot is filmed in Seattle, near the I-90/I-5 interchange...with the Smith Tower off to the left. See more »


Version of The Cry of the Owl (1987) See more »


A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II/Bert Kalmar/Harry Ruby
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Published by EMI Miller Catalogue
Courtesy of Geffen Records, under license from Universal Music Canada
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User Reviews

Solid drama explores intriguing themes
12 July 2014 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

"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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Release Date:

19 August 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le cri du hibou See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


$11,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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