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1,857 Ratings

Morvern Callar

Directed by Lynne Ramsay
United Kingdom, Canada, 2002


Scottish supermarket shelf-filler Morvern Callar (Samantha Morton) uses her boyfriend’s inheritance after his suicide to escape from her boring life. Emotionally intense road movie by the director of the prize-winning Ratcatcher.

Our take

Ramsey’s stunning follow-up to Ratcatcher is an enigmatic character study and unruly trip of self-discovery. Buoyed by Alwin Kuchler’s beautiful cinematography, a luminous Samantha Morton plays its defiant anti-heroine, who pulls herself out of a hopeless spot by taking matters into her own hands.

Morvern Callar Directed by Lynne Ramsay

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2002 | 2 wins including: Award of the Youth (Foreign Film)

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2002 | Winner: FIPRESCI Director of the Year

Critics reviews

In a brilliant, subtle performance, Morton conveys the deep loss that suicide leaves behind, while also tapping into a total sense of reckless abandon. Ramsay amplifies the performance with an understanding of image and aural effect; the movie at times feels like the unleashing of a torrent of despair that can only be drowned out by the blaring of pop music in cheap headphones. Anything to keep the reaper away.
April 02, 2018
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Played magnificently by Samantha Morton, the title character of Lynne Ramsay’s second feature is an existential protagonist in the tradition of Albert Camus’ Meursault. She has no morality and no ambitions; she is capable of both friendship and betrayal, entering into either seemingly without motivation. Ramsay doesn’t attempt to probe the character’s inner life; rather she delivers a rich sensory experience that channels the excitement of Morvern’s moment-to-moment existence.
May 19, 2017
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