Spanning the 1910 decade, six years in the life of a girl named Chris, one of the numerous children of a tyrannical Scottish farmer. Years of high hopes and of disillusionment, of mirth and sorrow, of dreaming and toiling, of sweetness and violence, of love and hate, of peace and war. And in the end, the dignified loneliness of a new Chris, a woman who seems to have gone through several lives, now and forever as one with the land, the earth eternal…
Plot Keywords: abusive-father / marital-rape / farmer / scottish / 1910s
Taglines: An epic story of love, loss and the land that inspired it all.
Certificate: France:Tous publics | Ireland:16 | Russia:18+ | United Kingdom:15 | United States:R
Cast: Ken Blackburn , Mark Bonnar , Stuart Bowman , Emily-Jane Boyle , Ewan Comes , Maelly Comes , Ann Overstall Comfort , Callum Adams , Agyness Deyn , Ron Donachie , Tom Duncan , David Ganly , Niall Greig Fulton , Caelan Fyfe , Jack Greenlees , Gav Guilfoyle , Linda Duncan McLaughlin , Kevin Guthrie , Louise Haggerty , Luca Humphries , Claire Johnston , Gilbert Johnston , Bridget McCann , Jamie Michie , John Molloy , Peter Mullan , Daniela Nardini , Julian Nest , Indigo Paul , Ian Pirie , Douglas Rankine , Hugh Ross , Antony Strachan , Jim Sweeney , Simon Tait , James A. Adamson , Fabrice Godfroid , Trish Mullin
Company: Hurricane Films
Country: United Kingdom , Luxembourg
Language: English , Scots
Released Date: 04 Dec 2015 (UK)
Film Location: Glen Tanar Estate, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
Runtime: 135 min
Soundmix: Dolby Digital (Spanish dubbing mix)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Colin MacPhail » I feel pity for those who have negatively reviewed this film from the point of where some of the scenic shots were or criticised the dialogue etc. I had heard the book read and the story acted on radio more than once in the past so much was familiar. I saw this in the Screen Machine (a mobile cinema which tours the Scottish Highlands and Islands). It was almost full with perhaps 75-80 there and I knew most of them so could judge their reactions and join in the conversation on the way out. For 2+ hours no-one moved – not even the handful of folk from the supposed area in Aberdeen-shire. Afterwards most felt like I did – emotionally drained. Sunset Song is not about the scenery, nor whether there were details that one or another felt weren't quite right. This was a reality check in the way in which poor country folk lived in the early part of the 20th century. It was about treating women as chattels and while I could have imagined or read about that, this was so graphic it was breathtaking. It wasn't Downton Abbey; it wasn't a Bond film but it was visually stunning and completely thought-provoking. I can't imagine anyone with a soul not being left with both a feeling of privilege to have seen it and humility that our own kin in the past lived this way. As for Agyness Deyn – amazing. Of course the accent wasn't flawless but it didn't matter. This was a brilliant and sensitive performance.
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