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Morvern Callar

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

It's winter in a remote Highland seaport in the West of Scotland. 21-year-old Morvern Callar (Samantha Morton), a low paid employee in the local supermarket, wakes on Christmas morning to find her boyfriend has committed suicide and is dead on the kitchen floor.

What can she do?

She opens his Christmas presents to her, puts on her new steerhide jacket, takes her new Walkman and goes to work, stocking shelves and scrubbing floors until she meets her best friend Lanna (Kathleen McDermott) for a night out.

She tells everyone that "he's" left her and left town. Nobody really understands - but then again Morvern is not really one for saying much about herself.

She returns home - he has left her money in the bank and his unpublished novel on a disc.

She doesn't know what to do.

She'd like him back but... she changes the author's name on the novel to her own and sends it to a publisher, she hides the body in a cupboard and with the money he's left her she buys a package holiday to southern Spain for Lanna and herself.

In the bright southern light of Spain cracks emerge in the relationship between Morvern and Lanna. Whilst Lanna is content to hang out in the tourist resort clubbing and having a good time, Morvern is watching, thinking and planning.

The friendship cannot last. They split up.

As Lanna boards the plane back home with a tan and her holiday snaps Morvern is drinking champagne with two London publishers discussing the finer points of the deal for "her" brilliant new novel, being offered more money than she ever dreamed of...

Persons of interest

  • Samantha Morton .... Morvern Callar
  • Kathleen McDermott .... Lanna
  • Dan Cadan .... Dazzer
  • Carolyn Calder .... Sheila Tequila
  • Jim Wilson .... Tom Boddington
  • Dolly Wells .... Susan
  • Ruby Milton .... Couris Jean
  • Linda McGuire .... Vanessa
  • Alan Warner .... Author
  • Liana Dognini .... Screenwriter
  • Lynne Ramsay .... Screenwriter
  • Lynne Ramsay .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Ultimately unrewarding, Morvern Callar has the same feel that the movie of He died with a felafel in his hand had: good but not as good as the cult book.

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes, medium level sex scene, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

98 minutes (1:38 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 14 August 2003

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