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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.

Director:

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

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What would you do if someone was watching you?

Genres:

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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Budget:

$11,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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Version of Der Schrei der Eule (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Mathilda May won a César for her role in this film made by Claude Chabrol in 1987. This is a remake, and it stars Julia Stiles in the role of Jenny. I have been in love with Stiles ever since The Bourne Identity, and, while she will not be as good as May, she is still Julia Stiles, and that's enough for me.

Robert's (Paddy Considine) marriage has failed, and his method of dealing with depression is to stalk Jenny, thinking she has a great relationship with her partner.

The tables get turned, and she begins stalking him. If that is not enough, her boyfriend Greg (James Gilbert) keeps trying to kick his arse. But, then he disappears, and Robert is under suspicion.

Twists and turns abound as Robert tries to figure out who is trying to kill him while everyone thinks he is a killer.

The owl cries a lot in the film. I'm just not impressed with Considine, and the ending was abrupt.


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