Sunset Song

Synopsis: Spanning the 1910 decade, six years in the life of a girl named Chris, one of the numerous children of a tyrannical Scottish farmer. Years of high hopes and of disillusionment, of mirth and sorrow, of dreaming and toiling, of sweetness and violence, of love and hate, of peace and war. And in the end, the dignified loneliness of a new Chris, a woman who seems to have gone through several lives, now and forever as one with the land, the earth eternal...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Terence Davies
  2 wins & 12 nominations.
135 min

- Father, you can't.

- Hold your tongue.

Or I'll be taking you out as well.

There are lovely things in the world.

Lovely that do not endure...

and are lovelier for that.

Well, you'll be my neighbour,

Guthrie, man.


And you'll be the new minister, Mr Gibbon.

You've a fine-kept farm, Mr Guthrie.

Trig and trim,

though I hear you've sat down

a bare six months.


- My daughter, Chris.

- Ah.

I hear you're right clever, Chrissie,

and go to Duncairn College.

How do you like it?

Fine, sir.

And what are you to be?

A teacher, sir.

There's no profession more honourable.

How do you find the land to work,

Mr Guthrie?

Oh, Mother.

Have I vexed you?

Oh, not you, Chris.

Just... life.

I cannot tell you a thing or advise.

You'll need to face men for yourself.

When the time comes,

there's no one can stand and help you.

Mind that for me sometime...

if I cannot suffer it longer.



The doctor's come, Chrissie!

Now go and play outside.

What's wrong?

It's Mother.

She's poisoned herself...

and the two bairns.


Why did she do it?

She was pregnant again

and it unbalanced her.

You'd better send for Mistress Munro.


I'll write to my sister Janet

in Auchterless.

She'll come.

Come on, Chris.

She's ready for you.

You can go up and see her now.



Something died in her heart...

and went down with Mother

to lie in Kinraddie Kirkyard.

The child in her heart had died then...

and Chris of the books and dreams

died with it.

And the dark quiet corpse

that was her childhood

was folded in the tissue paper

and was laid away forever.

You're to come to Auchterless

with your uncle and me.

So you would steal my own flesh from me?

Aye, John, just as you asked

when you wrote.

We've never a bairn of our own.

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Terence Davies

Terence Davies (born 10 November 1945) is an English screenwriter, film director, novelist and actor. He is best known as the writer and director of Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes (1992) as well the collage film Of Time and the City (2008). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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