Sunset Song

Sunset Song

Terence Davies (2015)

130min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This elegant, understated drama is a story of hope and tragedy. Adapted from Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic novel, it begins at the turn of the 20th century, on a remote, windswept farm in rural Aberdeenshire. There, we find Chris Guthrie (model-turned-actress Agyness Deyn), a young woman whose life is plagued by hardship and suffering. When we first meet her, Chris is living with her father (Peter Mullan), a monstrous, violent man who runs the family estate. She eventually marries a kind farmer named Ewan (Kevin Guthrie), but her happiness is short-lived due to the outbreak of the First World War. All of this is superbly acted by Deyn, Mullan and Guthrie, and it is beautifully crafted by writer/director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea). Unfortunately, though, certain plot developments are unconvincing (Ewan feels like a totally different character after the war), while the film portrays Chris as a rather passive heroine. As a result, it falls short of greatness.

Summary

Premiere. Drama following the story of a young woman's coming of age, a journey beset by the ceaseless struggle between tradition and change, set in a rural community in the early 20th century. The First World War reaches out from afar, bringing the modern world to bear on the community in the harshest possible way. Starring Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan and Kevin Guthrie.

Cast & Crew

Chris Guthrie Agyness Deyn
John Guthrie Peter Mullan
Ewan Tavendale Kevin Guthrie
Chae Strachan Ian Pirie
Inspector Hugh Ross
John Brigson Niall Fulton
Long Rob Douglas Rankine
Preacher Jim Sweeney
Will Guthrie Jack Greenlees
Director Terence Davies
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: sexual violenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 Dec 2015
Drama