Part of Essentials of Feminist Cinema.
Supermarket clerk Morvern Callar (Samantha Morton) wakes on Christmas morning to discover that her boyfriend has killed himself, leaving a suicide note, a killer mix tape, and an unpublished manuscript behind. Erasing his name and adding hers, the manuscript becomes her ticket out of small-town Scotland to the sun-drenched hedonism of beachfront Spain. With her thrill-seeking best friend along for the ride, Movern’s survivor’s guilt manifests a walking coma directly at odds with the bright lights that surround her new life. Assuredly directed by Lynne Ramsay, whose control of mood and music plants us firmly in the film, MORVERN CALLAR becomes Morton’s film as she holds us utterly transfixed.
“This odd, poetic road movie, spiked by jolts of pop music, pretty much takes place in Morton's ever-watchful gaze—and it's a tribute to the actress, and to her inventive director, that the journey is such a mesmerizing one.” —Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times “Intensely atmospheric…a strange and beautiful film...Ramsay‘s a lyricist of everyday life.” —Ella Taylor, LA Weekly “The wonderfully lush MORVERN CALLAR is pure punk existentialism...the movie is painted in the tones of an Ibiza all-nighter, rimmed with the anxiety of being awake and alert when the sun comes up.” —Elvis Mitchell, New York Times