Morvern Callar
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A woman's life is set onto a new path by tragedy and confusion in this offbeat drama from maverick director Lynne Ramsay. Morvern Callar (Samantha Morton) is a woman in her early twenties who wakes up in her flat in a small Scottish town on Christmas morning to a rather unpleasant surprise -- her live-in boyfriend has committed suicide, and his body lies on the floor in a pool of blood. She discovers that he has left a short message for her on the screen of his personal computer ("I love you. Be brave."), as well as the text of a novel he had recently completed. Changing the name… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Morton finds a wealth of nuance in anomie and neurasthenia."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"With little dialogue to assist her -- just the strains of that wonderfully organic music -- [Morton] still manages to suggest the internal struggle, and to slowly reveal a fierce toughness that flies in the face of conventional morality."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Samantha Morton's performance recalls Emily Watson's work in Breaking the Waves -- you can't take your eyes off of her."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
""Shocking and exhilarating.""
‑ Marcy Dermansky, About.com
"You'll wonder how Morvern got that way. So why didn't Ramsay?"
‑ Nick Carter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A mesmerizing conundrum of a suspended life in perpetual motion."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Maintains your sympathy for this otherwise challenging soul by letting you share her one-room world for a while."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Morvern Callar is assured and confidently-made, even as the emotions of the title character seem brittle and crystalline."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Ramsay is showing us one very particular type of person, a live-for-the-moment young woman who is fascinated by ugliness and pain and who -- like the poet, Terence -- believes nothing human is alien to her."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Oddly compelling."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"A film about youthful confusion made without a moment of artistic immaturity or indecision."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Even if both films are about accidental sinners, Morvern Callar turns out to be a very different, and more difficult, film than Ratcatcher."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"El resultado ha encontrado admiradores y detractores; sin llegar a ninguno de los dos extremos, yo tengo la impresión de que vi una buena película pero no me di cuenta."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"A character study of such acuity that you'll find yourself thinking about it for days afterward."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Morton uses her face and her body language to bring us Morvern's soul, even though the character is almost completely deadpan."
‑ Andy Klein, Dallas Observer
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