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Sunset Song (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Achingly lovely on both visual and narrative grounds, Sunset Song adds another small gem to writer-director Terence Davies' filmography.

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Sunset Song is Terence Davies' intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. A young woman's endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish life, based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, told with gritty poetic realism by Britain's greatest living auteur. The film takes place during the early years of the twentieth century, with the conflicts and choices a young woman experiences reflecting the struggle between tradition and change; a struggle that continues to resonate today. Set in a rural community, Sunset Song is driven by the young heroine Chris and her intense passion for life, for the unsettling Ewan and for the unforgiving land. The First World War reaches out from afar, bringing the modern world to bear on the community in the harshest possible way, yet in a final moment of grace, Chris endures, now a woman of remarkable strength who is able to draw from the ancient land in looking to the future. Sunset Song is at once epic in emotional scale and deeply romantic at its core, given power by Terence Davies' unflinching poetic realism

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Cast

Agyness Deyn
as Chris Guthrie
Peter Mullan
as John Guthrie
Kevin Guthrie
as Ewan Tavendale
Ian Pirie
as Chae Strachan
Nial Fulton
as John Brigson
Niall Greig Fulton
as John Brigson
Mark Bonnar
as Reverend Gibbon
Ron Donachie
as Uncle Tam
Daniela Nardini
as Jean Guthrie
Jack Greenlees
as Will Guthrie
Stuart Bowman
as Alex Mutch
Jamie Michie
as Mr. Kinloch
Hugh Ross
as Inspector
Jim Sweeney
as Preacher
Claire Johnston
as Lady Passenger
Trish Mullin
as Mistress Melon
Julian Nest
as Peter Semple
Anne Comfort
as Mrs. Hemans
Bridget McCann
as Female Guest
Simon Tait
as Dr. Meldrum
Gilbert Johnston
as James - the Chauffeur
Tom Duncan
as McIvor
Indigo Paul
as Mollie Douglas
Maelly Comes
as Newborn Guthrie Twin
Gaetan Fyfe
as Toddler Ewan
Luca Humphries
as Dod Guthrie
Callum Adams
as Alec Guthrie
John Molloy
as First Government Man
Ewan Comes
as Newborn Guthrie Twin
Gavan Guilfoyle
as Second Government Man
Louise Haggerty
as Marget Strachan
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Critic Reviews for Sunset Song

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (26)

It blooms with moments of astonishing beauty: a yellow frenzy of springtime trees; a still room where the light slants in the window like a reaching hand; a desolate landscape, impossibly green.

June 16, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Like Davies' best work, the movie employs classical rigor - perfectly symmetrical, painterly landscapes and interiors - with unexpected postmodern touches.

June 3, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Sunset Song" is not without flaws, but it's an art film of uncommon beauty.

June 2, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's an absorbing, finely composed, fretful film. But when it's over, there is as much relief for the filmgoer as appreciation for the filmmaker's art.

May 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Davies tries things nobody else would try. Here that means allowing the choral passages - scenes in which individual characters and groups of characters express their feelings in popular ballads or folk songs - plenty of room.

May 26, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Has its moments of grace, but too often resorts to conventions and a tone of high lugubriousness.

May 19, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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½

It's visual beauty is offset by the fact that the main character remains a cypher from begging to end.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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Want to visit Scotland but can't afford a plane ticket? Want to see it from a rural perspective, pre-WWl, but no one's invented a time machine yet? You could do worse than this brief visit with a family living their day-to-day lives. Not a lot of exposition here, but it's all beautifully filmed. It's dull in some places, no doubt like Scotland herself, and you'll long for a chase scene somewhere, anywhere, even if it's only in a supermarket.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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