An unusual, unsettling and beautifully crafted film that takes its time in drawing us into the ambiguous and unknowable mind of Morvern. Ramsay makes full use of Morton's unique screen presence, a natural physicality that simultaneously conveys strength, vulnerability, childishness, wisdom and ruthlessness. Excellent sound editing establishes Morvern's disconnection from the world around her.
It's a rare film that gets better as it goes on, the first half hour feels like a pretty standard working class British film but then over the next hour it just gets better and better and better. Unpredictable, beautiful, challenging and some outstanding images and use of music - Morton and Ramsay are on incredible form here.
Arresting start, but found the film marred by the central characterof Morvern (played by the excellent actress Samantha Morton) behaving in ever more bizaare ways; one act in particular was hard to believe. Not really a road movie; didn't fall into any easy categorisation. Flashes of brilliance - some of the party scenes are incredibly close to life - but overall not fully compelling. Well worth a watch though.
Find the love for this film baffling. An intriguing first 20 minutes is followed by a series of implausible and quite boring events. Difficult to care about the characters. Mannered and self-consciously arty camerawork add to the sense of dislocation from the characters thoughts and feelings - perhaps the intention?
A great film from Lynne Ramsay that is helped by a mesmerising lead performance from Samantha Morton, playing the titular role. After the suicide of her partner, Morvern at first appears to be in some major denial before making decisions that will take her on a very strange, and potentially life-changing, journey.
Morvern Callar is an exceptional and exciting film by Lynn Ramsay. It's the first film I've seen by her & her craft is strange & singular; she is a born filmmaker & isn't afraid to not play by stolid film school rules. Samantha Morton is astonishing here and surely confirms herself to be one of her generation's great acting talents. (cont.)
An incredibly alive piece of cinema from Ramsay, the use of light and color provide a hazy, poetic quality to the film. It can lurch from drab realism to a heightened, fantastical sensibility in a blink of an eye. Yet we are forever swept along, thanks in part to an incredible performance from Morton as the titular Callar, learning to stand alone, to dream, to be brave.