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MORVERN CALLAR

"Ramsay reaches out boldly with a film that is as unsettling as it is minimalist...Ramsay's portrait of Morvern has an admirable spareness and tension as one sequence connects to the next, tautly but with the randomness of Morvern's new existence. The film is almost entirely a visual experience, and the images of cinematographer Alwin Kuchler (who also shot "Ratcatcher") are as beautiful and expressive as [Samantha] Morton's Morvern is herself... No question about it: 'Morvern Callar' confirms Lynne Ramsay as an important, original talent in international cinema." --Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

"...a work of astonishing delicacy and force, a tone poem about the Frankenstein jolts that all of us, at one time or another, have to live through... It has no formal dramatic structure whatsoever, and yet what's there is so wholly felt that it seems almost classical--a sustained fugue that catches us up gently and carries us to a place we never would have expected... 'Morvern Callar' begins with the aftermath of a suicide, but it's about life and life only. This is a film that breathes." --Stephanie Zacharek,Salon

"Steeped in the candy-colored anomie that prompted Ramsay to describe her source as 'Camus for teenagers,' the film is far more fashionably fluid and dreamily disjunctive than the filmmaker's highly regarded debut, the kitchen-sink childhood gothic 'Ratcatcher' (1999)...Although Ramsay would like to establish Morvern as something beyond a mindless rave chick, the movie is more engrossing than convincing...Like its protagonist, the movie is indifferent to everything but physical sensation." --J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

"'Morvern Callar' is a film easy to admire, but difficult to like. The title character is a cipher who does terrible things; the directorial style, though stunning, verges on pretentiousness; and the story really isn't about much. Yet there's something unshakeable about its portrait of a woman trying to recover from tragedy and change her life. And there's the chance to watch Samantha Morton in yet another uncanny performance...It's the most completely inhabited performance since Emily Watson's in 'Breaking the Waves'...While we may never understand Morvern completely, Ramsay's images offer more than a thousand words to point us in the right direction." --Rod Armstrong, Reel.com

"It is just as dark as [Ramsay's] 'Ratcatcher'--and even more impressive. Samantha Morton gives the finest performance of her career as Morvern Callar, a 21-year-old supermarket nobody in a small Scottish port who, just in time for Christmas, discovers her live-in boyfriend's body on the kitchen floor, not far from the brightly lit Yule tree...Morton deserves an Oscar nomination, but she is unlikely to get one. The movie is too dark and out of the mainstream to impress the conservative fogies who vote for the prizes." --V.A. Musetto, The New York Post