The Cry of the Owl

The Cry of the Owl

Jamie Thraves (2009)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Nothing quite gels in this awkward take on the suspense novel by Patricia Highsmith. Going from far-fetched to ridiculous, the sluggish thriller sees troubled, divorced Paddy Considine abruptly begin a relationship with neighbour Julia Stiles after she catches him spying on her outside her rural home. But their peculiar association becomes even more twisted when her violent ex disappears, and Considine is accused of his murder. Unfortunately, while Considine nails his character's twitchy discomfort, he's let down by his distractingly poor American accent and some clunky dialogue. Worse still, there's so little chemistry between him and Stiles that the increasingly contrived events are hard to swallow. With neither realism nor tension to support it, the climax is particularly flat, squandering the drama of the final deadly moments.


Troubled Robert moves to the countryside to get over a divorce. He becomes fascinated by an attractive younger woman and the pair begin an illicit relationship, only for Robert to find himself chief suspect in an investigation when her boyfriend goes missing. Thriller, starring Paddy Considine, Julia Stiles, Karl Pruner, Phillip MacKenzie, Gord Rand and James Gilbert.

Cast & Crew

Robert Forrester Paddy Considine
Jenny Thierolf Julia Stiles
Nickie Grace Caroline Dhavernas
Sally Neilson Charlotte Sullivan
Greg Wyncoop James Gilbert (3)
Mr Jaffe Karl Pruner
Mr Kolbe R D Reid
Elaine Krista Bridges
Director Jamie Thraves
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD