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With World War I brewing and her family scattered across the countryside, a Scottish farm girl experiences reflecting the struggle between tradition and change; a struggle that continues to resonate today.
[It took] Terence Davies 18 years to bring this adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's novel to life. To show my appreciation, I've seen the film twice; and it's just as brutally devastating and moving second time around.
Davies tries things nobody else would try. Here that means allowing the choral passages - scenes in which individual characters and groups of characters express their feelings in popular ballads or folk songs - plenty of room.
Terrible things happen to the people in this film, but the story is captivating nonetheless. Although the story is a downer, there is a kind of noble enduring spirit shown by Chris throughout the film, and that helps a lot.