This drama of romance and family is set on a remote island off the coast of Scotland. To settle an argument, two men from different clans follow a local tradition and race to the top of the island’s cliffs, with an outcome that shatters the island’s peace. Shot on location.
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I'm partial to departure films, maybe because mobility and nomadics are so fashionable and happy-go-lucky relocation shouldn't pose a problem, or due to last century's mass deportations and demographic movements which made us love displacement when nothing could be done against it, or thanks to tourist leaflets preaching that grass is greener everywhere else. Films like " The Edge" or Osyka's "Stone Cross" are filled
I don't think he'd like this print/cut. There are long scenes that are underexposed. Also a bit strange with the dramatic music over non-dramatic scenes. Clearly men should not be allowed to make decisions, particularly when it comes to proving their manhood.
Couldn't help but think about Trier's Breaking the Waves while watching this depressing Scottish drama. The people-free shots of rushing water and wind-blown grass were beautiful. I was definitely more interested in the visual imagery and filmmaking aspects of this movie than the dribbling plot.
As a Powell fan, I had long wanted to catch this rarity and was not disappointed. But what a weird film! Utterly mind boggling camerawork and directorial touches but major narrative disconnect in the editing (I'm suspicious that this was hacked up in studio) and a story that goes nowhere fast. Worth it for the images and the scenery alone; truly "moving paintings". Be warned: Mubi's copy is a rough quality screener.
This film took me out of time. Although shot more than 80 years ago, the tone, the fact that it was not done in a sound studio - which was very rare at that time, gives it a quasi-documentary look which makes it a unique experience.
Whatever minor flaws exist in the narrative or the acting are bracketed (and pardoned) by the exceptional camerawork in the rocky shores of a Scottish island. A great treatise on community solidarity and its eventual decline, its unsurpassed vitality and spiritual tenor (in a place abandoned by God) continues to impress. Editing is ingenious (as in the fatality scene) and there is a chilling funeral sequence. Superb!