Review Date: March 06, 2003
Director: Lynne Ramsey
Writer: Lynne Ramsey, Liana Doznini
Producers: George Faber, Charles Pattinson, Robyn Slovo
Samantha Morton as Morvern Callar
Kathleen McDermott as Lanna
Linda McGuire as Vanessa
I've seen more character development in an Adam Sandler movie. C'mon!!! Who's kidding who here? This film is loaded with these girls' completely random and uninteresting day-to-day events, almost no dialogue or meaningful conversations between anyone and zero sympathy for the leads, both of whom come off as whining, self-involved sluts. Why the heck am I supposed to give a rat's ass about these ladies, or better yet, why would anyone want to invest their hard-earned dollars into a film that provides very little of anything, other than a great way to develop a headache real fast. How anyone could take a premise so ripe, an actress with as much talent as Morton (mucho nude throughout) and an obvious skill behind the camera (the film features a couple of really awesome rave scenes, as well as an excellent use of soundtrack) and end up with something so exceptionally grating, so unbearably lifeless and so indelibly pretentious, is beyond me. How about tossing some of the deceased's novel into the mix? How about explaining even the slightest one of the lead's actions? (is she insane?) How about giving us a little more than 97 minutes of "subtext" or an ending that's about as obvious and expected as any other "Hollywood" film? Yeah, I'm not your typical "art house" movie lover, but I've been known to fall for a number of lesser commercial films (most of my faves are actually of this variety), but this flick is just plain bad. Having said that, if elongated scenes featuring Morton staring at insects or caressing a branch "do it" for you...dig right in! Also, if any of you get off on watching a couple of idiots drink, take drugs and have promiscuous sex over a period of a week, drop by the JoBlo.com head office sometime and let us save you the hassle of dumping your moolah on this shite. Or better yet, keep your money and donate it to the Preservation of Film Society but only if they promise NOT to preserve this film!