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Morvern Callar (2002)

R | | Drama | 1 November 2002 (UK)
After her beloved husband's suicide, a mourning supermarket worker and her best friend hit the road in Scotland, but find that grief is something that you can't run away from forever.

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Storyline

Following her boyfriend's suicide, supermarket clerk Morvern Callar passes off his unpublished novel as her own. With the money her boyfriend left for his funeral, she leaves Scotland for Ibiza where she travels with her closest friend. The journey prompts a series of internal and external transformations for Morvern-- ones which bring to light her experiences of grief, memory, freedom, and desire. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Le voyage de Morvern Callar  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£82,014 (United Kingdom), 3 November 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,836, 22 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$267,194, 24 August 2003
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Trivia

Morvern Callar was the debut novel by Scottish author Alan Warner, first published in 1995. See more »

Goofs

The shot of the railway station at the end of the film shows tracks with a third live rail. Although never mentioned by name, Morvern lives in Oban, where the railway station is served only by diesel-powered trains - in fact, no railway lines in Scotland use a third live rail as a power source. See more »

Quotes

Morvern Callar: Fuck work Lana, we can go anywhere you like.
Lanna: I'm happy here.
Morvern Callar: Are ya?
Lanna: Yeah, everyone I know is here. There's nothing wrong with here. It's the same crapness everywhere, so stop dreaming.
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Connections

References Ms .45 (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Sticking With You
Written by John Cale
Performed by The Velvet Underground
Courtesy of Universal/Island Music Ltd
By Arrangement with Polydor UK Ltd
Licensed by kind permission from The Film & TV Licensing Division, part of the Universal Music Group
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Staggering brilliance
21 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

The only negative thing I can think to say about this film is it's off-putting title that almost prevented me from finding it. I am very glad that I did. This film, from the first frame to the last, has delivered everything that I as a lover of cinema am searching for. From a well-crafted script, to expert direction, from ethereal camera work, to a heartbreaking soundtrack, from the amount of space it allows it's vision to the pitch-perfect performance of Samantha Morton (who has clearly earned to be mentioned among the finest of today's working actresses'). While critics are still busy patting themselves on the back for being "open" enough to praise "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and "getting" "Adaptation" this incomparable piece of work makes both look like the immature work of a child while going largely unnoticed. I can only hope that some how, some way people who love film find their way to this movie. Such high praise would usually indicate a difficult film, and the subject matter or synopsis of plot would also lead you to this conclusion but I think many will come out of this film pleasantly surprised by how accessible and relevant it's story is.


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