Directed by Terence Davies, 2015
Terence Davies’ adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 Scottish classic is a slow-burning, symphonious achievement.
It tells the tough tale of a young woman torn between her family, the rugged land she holds dear and the possibility of adventure and betterment elsewhere.
The casting of supermodel Agyness Deyn as young protagonist Chris (the “bonniest thing ever seen in Kinraddie”) was a gamble but, accessorised with mousy fringe and pinny, she imbues the role with a touching, gangly beauty, and her lilting Scots tones (impressive for a Mancunian) add a sonorous quality to the narration.
Michael McDonough’s lush cinematography swirls from the dreich splendour of the north-east to the darkly claustrophobic interiors of the family farm, set to the occasional drunken Scottish ballad.
A sensual feast.