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The daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s.


Terence Davies


Lewis Grassic Gibbon (novel), Terence Davies (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Blackburn Ken Blackburn ... Galt
Mark Bonnar ... Reverend Gibbon
Stuart Bowman ... Alex Mutch
Emily-Jane Boyle Emily-Jane Boyle ... Christine
Ewan Comes Ewan Comes ... Newborn Guthrie Twin
Maelly Comes Maelly Comes ... Newborn Guthrie Twin
Ann Overstall Comfort Ann Overstall Comfort ... Mrs. Hemans (as Ann Comfort)
Callum Adams Callum Adams ... Alec Guthrie (as Callum Davies)
Agyness Deyn ... Chris Guthrie
Ron Donachie ... Uncle Tam
Tom Duncan ... McIvor
David Ganly David Ganly ... Tinker
Niall Greig Fulton ... John Brigson
Caelan Fyfe Caelan Fyfe ... Toddler Ewan (as Gaetan Fyfe)
Jack Greenlees ... Will Guthrie


Spanning the 1910 decade, six years in the life of a girl named Chris, one of the numerous children of a tyrannical Scottish farmer. Years of high hopes and of disillusionment, of mirth and sorrow, of dreaming and toiling, of sweetness and violence, of love and hate, of peace and war. And in the end, the dignified loneliness of a new Chris, a woman who seems to have gone through several lives, now and forever as one with the land, the earth eternal... Written by Guy Bellinger

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An epic story of love, loss and the land that inspired it all.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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UK | Luxembourg


English | Scots

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção do Pôr do Sol See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,995, 15 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$159,257, 19 August 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The pipes in the closing scene were acquired from the Caledonian Society Of Uganda, and were made at the turn of the century by "Glens" of Edinburgh. They were picked up after a recent visit to Uganda to play at a Burns Supper. James A. Adamson, the piper, appeared as an extra in the BBC adaptation of Sunset Song (1971), in one of the Arbuthnott Church scenes. See more »


At about 55:50 minutes in the main characters are standing talking in the high street as a flock of sheep moves past them. There are two of what appear to be large steel bollards on either side of the road. As the sheep progress through the scene the left hand bollard on screen wobbles as the sheep come into contact with it. See more »


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A journey from the girlhood to womanhood.
24 June 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

An amazing drama about the life, especially it reveals what it would be like being a woman farmer living in the early decade of the twentieth century. The film was adapted from the book of the same name that's dealt with the rural Scottland subject. Even though I'm not familiar with the original material I would say it was one of the best novel-to-screen translation I have seen. The long runtime has never been the issue, but slowly, solidly told tale. My only disappointment is that it was not in the Scottish language since it was about a Scottish family.

There were many Scottish dialects that I did not get at first, so I had to google them to know the meaning. But I liked it which reveals the true nature of the local culture. I meant it essential to narrate a tale in the native flavour to enhance the richness in its contents. The story sets in the 1910s that centres on a farm girl named Chris. An epic life journey from the girlhood to womanhood. Under her atrocious father, the film tells how the whole family was living in the fear. After a death in the house, the event slowly begins to tear the family apart, leaving Chris behind to take the ultimate decisions about her future and the family land.

Anybody would definitely feel bored in the initiation part, because you won't understand the story right away. If you manage to survive in the first half, then you can easily get through in the remaining by liking it a lot. It was nothing like we know the story or we don't, it was simply about the twist and turns of somebody's life just like ours, except it was from a different timeline. Precisely to say the phases of life is what this film is all about. Like shifting the gear in the car, according to the condition of the road and the destination. The joy and sorrow are the part of the life which is sometimes depends on the decision we and around us make.

"You will need to face men for yourself. When the time comes, there's no one can stand and help."

It was totally an unexpected film, kind of reminded me 'Gone with the Wind' and 'Love Comes Softly'. Focused mainly on a woman, in the men dominated world. It was not just a rural theme, but also sometimes takes us beyond to other topics. Like during the first world war and under the English dominated UK, how the Scots lost the rights and their culture disappeared. No doubt why Scots are asking for their own nation.

The romance was another turning point in the story, like raising strong from the fall. After seeing lots of similar changes, I was unable to predict what conclusion may come. But it was strong and intentional with some wonderful dialogues. I loved the beautiful landscapes from the different seasons. It was actually shot in the New Zealand, Scottland and Luxembarough. There's no expansion in the locations, mainly it sets in and around a farmhouse and very occasionally other than these parts.

The one in the Chris' shoe was amazing. Like usual, Peter Mullan was fantastic and similarly others as well in their short stay. As the story progress, consequently the film characters reshuffled. Even for us, the main character Chris is like crossing through a juncture from the coming-of-age to self- discovery. Displaying the transformation of Chris from a certain period of time was the film's great achievement. Like how a landscape change from the dawn to dust, this woman's life sees the same fate. That's what the title implies.

I don't know this British director, but this film opened a new door to me further to check it out his other works. I don't know either that everybody would like it, but it is really one of the wonderful drama of the 2015 and I recommend it to all, especially if there's no problem for you for a long story told in the slow pace. I hope they make films out of the remaining two books as well.


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