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166 Ratings

Sunset Song

Directed by Terence Davies
United Kingdom, Sweden, 2015


Set in the early 20th Century in north-east Scotland, a young woman comes of age as her family is beset by tragedy during a time of great social upheaval and unrest.

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Sunset Song Directed by Terence Davies
It carves a new path for the filmmaker. There is something of an epic quality in scope and execution, although Davies has bemoaned the compromises he had to make to certain scenes due to budgetary constraints and the challenges of shooting across three locations – Scotland, Luxembourg, and New Zealand.54 But the film’s very existence is a testament to Davies’ commitment to what is ultimately a feminist tale of endurance in the face of toxic masculinity.
September 20, 2017
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It’s profound, universal stuff distinguished by a supremely sure hand behind the camera, which here operates in grounded, painterly portraiture and a compositional sturdiness indebted to classical Hollywood melodrama with its unified treatment of bodies and space. That Deyn blossoms as a performer throughout her character’s chronological trajectory adds a fascinating wrinkle; Davies is capturing the soul of a character and an actress.
January 06, 2017
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The toughest and most harrowing film he’s made, and John Guthrie (Peter Mullan), the abusive father who threatens and haunts the movie’s heroine, is one of his most fearsome characters… Like several of Davies’s movies, Sunset Song ends tragically; but it’s a testament to Davies and Deyn that, together, they could make such a bleak vision seem so full of vigor, warmth, and life.
January 02, 2017
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