Morlang

Morlang

Director: Tjebbo Penning

Cast: Paul Freeman, Diana Kent, Susan Lynch

     
 

Everything seems to be going right for Julius Morlang (Paul Freeman, best-known as the villainous Rene Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark). He lives with his beautiful young girlfriend, Ann (Susan Lynch of From Hell), in a lovely cliffside home on the Pacific coast of Ireland. His once-stagnant art career is undergoing a resurgence and his agent (Eric vanSee more details below

Overview

Everything seems to be going right for Julius Morlang (Paul Freeman, best-known as the villainous Rene Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark). He lives with his beautiful young girlfriend, Ann (Susan Lynch of From Hell), in a lovely cliffside home on the Pacific coast of Ireland. His once-stagnant art career is undergoing a resurgence and his agent (Eric van der Donk) tells him, "You seem a little happier. It's in your work." But things begin to fall apart when someone breaks into his home and ransacks it, leaving a cryptic message. Through flashbacks the audience discovers the truth about the death of Ellen (Diana Kent), Julius' wife of 15 years. Julius soon finds his new life with Ann threatened by a malevolent figure from his past. The basic premise of Morlang, Tjebbo Penning's directorial debut feature, was inspired by a television news story. Penning's film won awards for Best Lead Actor (Freeman) and Best First Film at the 2001 Cairo International Film Festival. It was also shown in competition at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Tjebbo Penning's Morlang is a beautifully shot and well-acted film that works better as straight drama than as the suspenseful thriller it tries to be. Paul Freeman has tremendous intensity as Julius Morlang, which effectively belies the character's seeming passivity. Morlang is a complex and frequently unsympathetic character, but Freeman makes this gifted artist and tormented man both true-to-life and fascinating. Susan Lynch also stands out as Morlang's young lover, Ann. Her playfully sexy performance is the most memorable aspect of the film, after its striking visuals. Penning and director of photography Han Wennink have created some stunning images, particularly amid the lush greenery at Morlang's country home on the Irish seaside. As the film elliptically examines Morlang's troubled marriage to Ellen (Diana Kent) and his relationship with Ann, flashing back and forth in time, the thriller plot that develops is unfortunately less compelling and less believable than the characters themselves and their relationships. There's little suspense generated over who is stalking Morlang and why. A scene in which Morlang's nemesis torments him by slowing down his golf game is clearly more silly than intended. Still, the film is worth watching for its gorgeous visuals, its strong performances, and for the sad, humble domestic drama at its core.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2005
UPC:
0616892623328
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
Film Movement
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
73,043

Special Features

Enhanced for Widescreen TV (16x9); Director and actor commentary; Morlang trailer; Biographies of cast and crew; Trailers from The Film Movement series 2003; This month's short film: The Oath by Tjebbo Penning

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Freeman Actor
Diana Kent Actor
Susan Lynch Actor
Ann Bourroughs Actor
Eric van der Donk Actor
Marcel Faber Actor

Technical Credits
Tjebbo Penning Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Matthew Fault Screenwriter
Petra Goedings Producer
Rikke Jelier Production Designer
JP Juisterberg Editor
Nanda Korver Costumes/Costume Designer
San Fu Maltha Producer
Joyce Nettles Casting
Alfred Schaaf Production Designer
Ruud Schuurman Original Story,Screenwriter
Mark Skeet Screenwriter
Soundpalette Score Composer,Sound/Sound Designer
Hans Wennink Cinematographer
Vibeke Windeløv Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Nothing Less Than a Morlang [8:17]
2. The Break-In [9:48]
3. The Photo [5:14]
4. The Message [6:15]
5. Tell Me Not to Go [9:41]
6. Say Something [8:02]
7. Lovely Place [8:22]
8. Not a Good Sign [6:50]
9. Back in Ireland [7:43]
10. Tell Me Now [4:34]
11. It's Nobody's Fault [11:42]
12. Where Does it Come From? [5:00]

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