Sunset Song
First screened in September 2015
Director: Terence Davies. Cast: Agyness Deyn, Kevin Guthrie, Peter Mullan, Ian Pirie, Jack Greenlees, Douglas Rankine, Niall Greig Fulton, Jim Sweeney, Julian Nest, Jamie Michie, Hugh Ross, Trish Mullin, Linda Duncan McLaughlin, David Ganly, Tom Duncan. Screenplay: Terence Davies (based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon).

Twitter Capsule: First hour a stilted slog. Middle fights its way to poignancy but last act falters. Barely ten oxygen molecules in it.

VOR:   Few are attempting such high-romantic epics anymore, or any dialogue with the past filmmakers and novelists with whom Davies communes here. But is it homage, or ersatz?



Photo © 2015 Sunset Song, Ltd./Hurricane Films/BFI Film Fund/Iris Productions/
BBC Scotland/Luxembourg Film Fund/Creative Scotland

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C–


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