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Love & Savagery (2009)

Love & Savagery




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A man isn't about to give up on winning the woman he loves in this romantic drama from veteran Canadian filmmaker John N. Smith. It's 1969, and Michael (Allan Hawco) is a student of poetry and geology from Newfoundland who travels to Ireland to explore some unusual mineral formations in County Clare. Michael is staying at a small inn when he meets Kathleen (Sarah Greene), a beautiful young woman who works at a neighborhood pub. Michael is immediately drawn to Kathleen, but he learns her parents died when she was young, and in accordance with her mother's final wish she plans to join a convent in the near future. This doesn't change Michael's feelings for Kathleen, and he's certain she's attracted to him as well, but some of the townspeople strongly disapprove of Michael's efforts to woo her, and a few react with violence; the sentiment against Michael grows when he and Kathleen go out for the afternoon and a sudden storm leaves them stranded together over night, with many imagining the worst of him. Love and Savagery received its world premiere at the 2009 Montreal World Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Written By: Des Walsh


Allan Hawco
as Michael
Sarah Greene
as Kathleen
Mark Whelan
as Jim Keane
Martha Burns
as Mother Superior
Dylan Scott Smith
as Sean Collins
Sean Panting
as Wilfred
MacDara O'Fatharta
as Thomas Collins
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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

The pair struggle to embody characters who tend to seem like scripted abstractions and clashing symbols. That is, they struggle until the climax, when something wonderful happens.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Globe and Mail
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There's not enough convincing love or savagery in this tepid film that fails to deliver on its eponymous promise.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Love and Savagery, though wonderful to look at, feels too slender to be called a feature film.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
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