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The movie is based on a 1962 novel by Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote the novel that "The Talented Mr. Ripley" film was based on. Cry of the Owl was eventually shot as a movie in 1987 by a French director, and was finally re-shot in Canada in 2009. What stands out about this version is the cast, which includes Julia Stiles and British actor Paddy Considine.
I've long been a fan of Considine, and he plays the neurotic Robert Forrester brilliantly. I've seen Considine in a number of roles where he plays an assertive character, so it's interesting to see him as a shell of a man and something of a coward. This was also my first introduction to the stunningly beautiful Caroline Dhavernas, who plays Forrester's sadistic ex-wife.
The plot overview for this movie by Amazon is a bit sensational, particularly in which character is ultimately labeled a stalker. The film starts quite slow, but eventually pulls you in with the bizarre psychological problems most of the major characters seem to deal with. It's not until the second half of the film that the story picks up steam, and you're thrown unpredictable moments and twists along the way. There's a great deal of foreshadowing used in the movie, which seems appropriate considering the superstitions surrounding owls.
Cry of the Owl is not "Silence of the Lambs", so if you're looking for a constant thrills with a crystal-clear ending, this isn't it. I found it to be intriguing and suspenseful, with dark psychological undertones as the film hit its stride.Read more ›
Then too, any murder or murder plot is almost secondary in the film. This is more a visual essay about coming to a crossroads, about the fatefulness of going in one direction rather than the other. It's about how we start out taking in life from one perspective, then end up starring back at that person we used to be.
There are several of these telling reversals in the film. The man who starts out being a sort of harmless stalker ends up being harmlessly stalked. The watcher ends up being watched.
This film might almost be a bit too low-key for many American audiences, and Paddy Considine, the lead actor, might come across as being almost too unprepossessing and inarticulate. But "Cry of the Owl" leaves a wistful trace of wondering in the air. It's like the faint and elusive scent of violets. We can't be quite sure where it's coming from or what it means. However it touches us somehow and wafts into our memories.
The script for this movie was based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, the same author who wrote "The Talented Mr. Ripley" chronicle. There's no commentary on the DVD.
Robert is deeply unhappy & emotionally fragile . . .just prior to the divorce, he'd had a pretty bad mental breakdown, and now he's living alone in a tiny rented house in Nowheresville. On his drive home from work, he comes across Jenny's (Julia Stiles) house, set in a rather remote rural area, and is drawn by the lights on in her rooms & the pretty picture of happy domesticity she presents as she goes about her homely tasks: cooking, having dinner with her boyfriend. Robert is a nightly visitor to Jenny's, and although his motives are not sinister, try explaining that to the young woman when she catches him prying. Despite this unpromising meeting, the two feel a kinship with one another from the start.Read more ›
Robert Forrester (Paddy Considine) is a troubled, depressed but decent young man who retreats from the big city and his ex-wife for the tranquility of a small town in Pennsylvania. For some not obvious reason he begins to night stalk a young woman Jenny Thierolf (Julia Stiles), gazing in the dark at the apparently happy Jenny alone in her secluded house. Jenny inadvertently befriends Robert despite the fact that Jenny is in a relationship with Greg Wyncoop (James Gilbert): Greg confronts Robert, a fight ensues and Robert flees after saving Greg from drowning in the river. In a twist of circumstances Jenny begins to stalk Robert, admitting that she has fallen in love with him, but Robert avoids her advances as he is still in the process of an ugly divorce with his wife Nickie (Caroline Dhavernas), a strange behaving woman who feeds on Robert's lack of self worth. When Greg goes missing Robert becomes the prime suspect. With the police on his case the 'crime' becomes threatening, and in typical Highsmith fashion, everything twists and turns at the end, creating a claustrophobic and irrational series of events until the story ends with some questions answered and others left hanging.Read more ›
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I have never even heard of this movie untill I seen it and Iam glad I did.I liked it very much.worth watchingPublished 8 months ago by Ms Daisy
good movie make you think about things when it come to relationshipsPublished 9 months ago by Sammy Richards
"The Cry of the Owl" is a 2009 Canadian psychological-drama with thriller elements based on the Patricia Highsmith novel. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Wuchak
This script needed more work to make it less illogical and forced. Hitchcock might have made something out of it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by mr. contrarian
The Cry of the Owl is from a Patricia Highsmith novel,remember the Ripley books and screen spin-offs?That was a major psychopathic killer. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by technoguy
Good Movie. This movie worked well in my player. I am glad it worked well. Thank you you for such a great product.Published on January 1, 2013 by Judy M. Owens
For full disclosure, I did not see the first 10 minutes of this film. I am going to watch the beginning in the next week to see what I missed, as I feel that there is something... Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by California Dreaming
The flick moves at a surprising, if improbable, pace. Stiles and Considine give their characters realistic passion, albeit generally unrequited. Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by Lawrence Bird
I have to admit that I am a fan of the source novel by Patricia Highsmith. I have read the novel three times already in my life and I am sure I will again at some point. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Jeffrey T. Kane