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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.

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Jamie Thraves

Writers:

Jamie Thraves, Patricia Highsmith (novel)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

What would you do if someone was watching you?

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

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UK | Germany | France | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le cri du hibou See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,572
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Julia Stiles was a last-minute replacement for Sarah Polley. See more »

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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 »

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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Real Life
Written by Joan Wasser
Performed by Joan As Policewoman
Published by Chrysalis Songs/Fists of Fury Music
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An intriguing, very deeply and strangely moving Psychological Thriller. Excellent performances throughout...
6 July 2013 | by lathe-of-heavenSee all my reviews

I just finished watching this movie for the SECOND time...

I knew I had seen it a while ago, but I couldn't quite remember what was going to happen. MAN, what a Suspenser! The mood, the style, the Suspense... The director frigg'n NAILED it. The look, the writing, the performances were all top notch.

I remember when I saw this the first time that I didn't really care for the lead guy too much; he was really just SO annoying because he didn't seem to be able to communicate with others at all. VERY frustrating... But, as the film progresses you begin to see other sides to him and he is not at all as self-absorbed and one dimensional as one may have thought.

Talk about PSYCHOLOGICAL... I think this is just about as psychological as a Thriller can get, unless of course you venture into Horror territory where you have masterful films like 'SESSION 9', for example. The characters are well portrayed. When Julia Styles and Paddy first meet it is amazing; I would think that it would be very DIFFICULT to do a scene like that and be CONVINCING, enough to draw the audience into the story as much as it did. And then, when you first meet Paddy's almost ex-wife... Talk about a mind-bender. You are seeing some absolutely first rate writing, directing, and acting here, let me tell you...

Normally, speaking very broadly, I do not usually care for films like this; where happenstance, fate, or whatEVER draws these innocent people into this web of disaster, no matter what they do. BUT... in this case, the film is done SO damn well that you truly have NO choice but to ride along, gripping your @ss the whole time, hoping and praying for the best. That is, unless you happen to be one of these vacuous reviewers here who are so jaded, bored, and clueless, that they wouldn't know a good film if it went down on them (so to speak...)

Seriously....

Bottom line... this is an exceptionally well done film with Suspense and Tension dripping out of every orifice (the film's, not yours...) It will take you and smack you around until you bloody well beg for mercy...


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