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on 30 January 2005
Warning: 'mini'-spoiler present!
I'll try to keep this brief as I think this is one of those films which benefits from being viewed without reading any hype about it beforehand. Also, it did actually get released quite a while ago, however, I'm aware of the criticisms it received due to its less than electric pace and disturbing plot, and feel so incensed by people having dismissed the film that I feel I have to stick up for this little treasure!
It really is an excellent, beautiful and subtle film by the fantastic Lynne Ramsay who concentrates more on the colour and beauty of the film rather than the plot. Morvern Callar is filled with shot after shot of morbid, depressing yet mesmerising photography. Her use of startling colour and tones of grey guide us through the film allowing the narrative to just fall into place whilst we are admire the cinematography.
The film was not well received by some audiences (even though praised by critics) due to the subtlety (some would say boring-ness and lack of an obvious 'story'), and a lack of understanding about the things Morvern gets up to in the film. But it was never about being a typical drug-orientated free-love hippie movie. Morvern Callar's boyfriend commits suicide. She does not know what to do. Thus the chain of events which follow this incomprehensible traumatic event.
Ramsay's attention to detail focus on this feeling of being lost and going into social decline. It's not 'too deep' and for the 'elite' (webjester, Maryland, IMDb.com, a typical less than impressed viewer), and yes, it is not usually the case that girlfriends cut up the body of their recently deceased partners- but that is not what the film is about.
It's not a 'fun' film. And it's quite likely you wouldn't want to watch this more than a few times, but only because it is so powerfully bleak and discomforting. It is certainly not predictable, which makes it more interesting than your typical film. You never know how Morvern is going to react simply because she is not the usual likeable protagonist of the film; she is shown to be insensitive, emotionless, and oblivious and numb to all around her. Ramsay does not try to get the audience to sympathise with Morvern. It is refreshing to watch a protagonist you feel contempt and yet pity for. It is also equally (if not more) refreshing to watch a film about the cold-heartedness and basic oddness of society. Lovely.