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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

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
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | Luxembourg

Language:

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 »

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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)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The exterior shots were shot on 70mm film while the interiors were captured on digital cameras. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Film '72: Episode #44.12 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

THE FLOO'ERS O' THE FOREST
(Traditional)
Arranged by Ronnie Browne
Performed by Ronnie Browne
Published by Garron Music
Licensed courtesy of BGS Productions Ltd and released on Scotdisc
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This is NOT the average film
6 January 2016 | by Colin MacPhailSee all my reviews

I feel pity for those who have negatively reviewed this film from the point of where some of the scenic shots were or criticised the dialogue etc. I had heard the book read and the story acted on radio more than once in the past so much was familiar. I saw this in the Screen Machine (a mobile cinema which tours the Scottish Highlands and Islands). It was almost full with perhaps 75-80 there and I knew most of them so could judge their reactions and join in the conversation on the way out. For 2+ hours no-one moved - not even the handful of folk from the supposed area in Aberdeen-shire. Afterwards most felt like I did - emotionally drained. Sunset Song is not about the scenery, nor whether there were details that one or another felt weren't quite right. This was a reality check in the way in which poor country folk lived in the early part of the 20th century. It was about treating women as chattels and while I could have imagined or read about that, this was so graphic it was breathtaking. It wasn't Downton Abbey; it wasn't a Bond film but it was visually stunning and completely thought-provoking. I can't imagine anyone with a soul not being left with both a feeling of privilege to have seen it and humility that our own kin in the past lived this way. As for Agyness Deyn - amazing. Of course the accent wasn't flawless but it didn't matter. This was a brilliant and sensitive performance.


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