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



"Oo, oo, oo, butin."

Oo, oo, oo, butin.


Put your mouths

as if you were about to whistle.

But don't do it.


"Oo, oo, oo, butin."

Oo, oo, oo, butin.

Mrs Hemans, is there one pupil who is in

any way proficient in the French language?

Chris Guthrie is one of my best...

especially in Latin.

Let her stand up.


"Oo, oo, oo, butin."

Oo, oo, oo, butin.


I hope your Latin is as good.

Is your father really a socialist?


Chae says that all should be equal...

rich and poor, men and women.

He wants me to learn

so I'll be ready for the revolution.

And if it doesn't come?

Well, I'll train to be a doctor

and cut the bodies of the paupers.

You better take care

you don't die a pauper, Chris.

I'd hate to be standing there

with the scalpel in my hand

and looking into your queer dead face

and crying,

"But this is Chris Guthrie!"

Marget Strachan!

Oh, but Aberdeen?

Well, it's the best place for a scholar

and I'll be trained all the sooner.

Oh, Chrissie, Chrissie,

only fools love being alive!

Men, women... what fools

they are below their clothes.

There are lovely things in the world...

lovely that don't endure,

and the lovelier for that.

Wait till you find yourself in the arms

of your lad at the harvest time.

He'll stop joking,

and he'll take you like this.

There's not a body to see us! And hold you

like this, with his hands held so,

and kiss you like this.


"And when the First Reformation came,

some folk cried, 'Whiggam, '

and some cried, 'Rome, '

and some cried, 'The King.'

Then Dutch William came and

the Kinraddies were all for the Covenant.

But then it was an ill time

for the Scottish gentry,

for the poison of the French Revolution

came over the seas

and the new Laird of Kinraddie

became a Jacobin

and joined the Jacobin Club in Aberdeen."

Oh, there's no land like Aberdeen.

Or folks so fine that bide there.

Oh, Chris, my lass, there's more to life

than your books or studies.

There's the countryside your own...

you, its.

In the days when you're neither

bairn nor woman.

Peace, Jean, peace.

She'll do us credit.

Go on, Chris, read us more.

"And there at Aberdeen, he was

nearly killed in rioting for liberty,

and equality and fraternity."

Equality should begin at home.

Yes, she sat for her bursary...

and got it.

But two Chrisses there were...

that fought for her heart.

She hated the land

and the coarse speak of the folk.

And learning was brave and fine one day,

and the next she'd waken,

with the peewits crying

across the hills...

deep and deep,

crying in the heart of her.

And the smell of the earth in her face

almost made her cry...

for the beauty of it and the sweetness

of the Scottish land and skies.

And the next minute that passed from her

and she was English,

back to the English words,

so sharp and clean and true.

For a while, for a while, till they slid

so smoothly from her throat.

She knew that they could never say

anything worth the saying at all.

Amo, amas.

I love a lass.

Clever enough to be a teacher.


Clever enough.

Move over...


If I ever hear you take the name

of the Lord thy God in vain again,

I'll libb you.

I'll libb you like a lamb.

I hate him.

Oh, Will.

I hate him.


Four in a family's fine.


There'll be no more.

We'll have what God in his mercy

sends to us, woman.

See you to that!

I hate him.

It was her hair.

Her bonny, bonny hair.

Man, it's a fair tough case!

I'll need your help!

You, get the doctor

an egg for his breakfast now.

Guthrie, man, do you hear me?

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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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