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Sunset Song (2015)

R | | Drama | 4 December 2015 (UK)
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The daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s.

Director:

Terence Davies

Writers:

Lewis Grassic Gibbon (novel), Terence Davies (screenplay)
2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Tinker
Niall Greig Fulton ... John Brigson
Caelan Fyfe Caelan Fyfe ... Toddler Ewan (as Gaetan Fyfe)
Jack Greenlees Jack Greenlees ... Will Guthrie
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Storyline

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.

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Drama

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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DEVIL IN THE KITCHEN
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A languid exploration of Scottish highland life in the early 20th century.
5 December 2015 | by markgormanSee all my reviews

Sunset Song is a classic Scottish novel, part of a trilogy by Lewis Grassic Gibbon and much loved by many, many people (including my wife).

I confess to having not read it, so had no particular expectations when approaching this movie which happens to have been made possible by two of my friends, Bob Last and Ginnie Atkinson.

It will divide audiences because the pace is slow.

Glacial.

But I loved it.

Much media attention has focused on the casting of supermodel come actor Agyness Deyn (completely contrived name) as a Mancunian playing a seminal Scottish role but I have to say I liked her performance, and her accent. The scene in which she learns of her husband's war news is particularly well acted.

Of course this movie is about Terence Davies. He makes very few but when he does they tend to be statements about British life and, for me, this is another great entry in his canon of work.

Davies could have made a feminist statement through Deyn's character, had she been more assertive, but he resists the temptation and instead reflects the male dominance of relationships in the early 20th century (leading up to and including the first world war).

Two and a bit hours, with zero action, and not much dialogue can't be most people's cup of tea (much has been made of the regular return to a certain corn field but, you know what, I didn't care).

It is a languid and lovely observation of a lifestyle that is long past and male dominated.

Special mentions for the ever brilliant Peter Mullan (a beastly father) and a great performance by Kevin Guthrie as the husband of the central character.


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Country:

UK | Luxembourg

Language:

English | Scots

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,995, 15 May 2016

Gross USA:

$159,714

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,302,482
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Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)

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2.35 : 1
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