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Love & Savagery (2009)

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In 1969, a visiting geologist from Newfoundland arouses scandal in a small Irish village when he romances a local girl who's destined for the convent.

Director:

John N. Smith

Writers:

Des Walsh (book), Des Walsh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Allan Hawco ... Michael
Sarah Greene ... Cathleen
Louise Nicol Louise Nicol ... Mrs. Collins - the Principal
Martha Burns ... Mother Superior
Nicholas Campbell ... Senior Tinker
Macdara Ó Fátharta Macdara Ó Fátharta ... Thomas Collins
Sean Panting Sean Panting ... Wilfred
Anne Butler Anne Butler ... Mrs. Quigley
Amber Cull Amber Cull ... Mary Callaghan
Lesley Dowey Lesley Dowey ... Maura
Frank Deacy Frank Deacy ... Father Joseph
Aiden Flynn Aiden Flynn ... Liam Collins
Dylan Smith ... Sean Collins
Mark Whelan ... Jim Hyland
Andy Jones Andy Jones ... Older Man at Reading
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Storyline

Love and Savagery is a story of passion, fate, and the consequences of the two. In 1968, Newfoundland geologist and poet, Michael McCarthy, travels to Ballyvaughan to examine the "Burren" a geological wonder. There he meets Cathleen, a beautiful woman who captures his heart, but because of the path she chose when she was young she cannot allow him to capture hers. Written by anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Canada | Ireland

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

10 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

County Clare, Ireland See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Samples of ammonite fossils "collected" from the Burren are shown in the movie. These fossils are from rocks of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods (~200 to 65 Ma, and not the older Carboniferous (~350 Ma) period. See more »

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A breath of fresh sea air.
27 November 2009 | by FilmSocietyMtlSee all my reviews

I just caught this film at a local AMC theatre and was happy to be treated to a crisp 35mm print instead of a substandard digital projection. And a richly textured work of this sort definitely deserves the genuine celluloid treatment. The breathtaking photography of an Irish seaside town was matched only by the excellent sound design. The imagery was as intimately rich as director John N. Smith's Oscar-nominated short of the early 80's FIRST WINTER.

The entire cast was pretty solid but the lead Irish beauty played by Sarah Greene simply stole the show. (Let's hope to see more of her in the future!)The camera just adored her from every angle. Stunning.

Yes, it does take a little while to get into the story and absorb the setting, but once the romantic narrative takes hold, it ultimately touches the viewer deep down. The metaphorical use of raging seas along the shoreline makes for effective punctuation throughout the quietly stormy relationship between the two leads. Nice music score too.

The only weak spots for me related to hair and wardrobe that occasionally made it difficult to believe we were in 1969 but I'm sure that was mostly due to the production's budgetary limits. A minor detail in the end.

Overall, this is a sincerely touching and beautiful film made for any viewer looking for a breath of fresh sea air in a world shrouded in cultural smog blowing in from Hollywood. Catch this gem!


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