FERNANDO’s CORNER – Posted October 4th, 2015
“I Know Where I’m Going!” ( 1945 ) is one of the most beautiful Powell–Pressburger films about love which is not romantic in a conventional way. Wendy Hiller ( fantastic, superb ) plays a determined Middle Class English gal who is on her way to marry a millionaire who’s rented an Island in the Scottish Hebrides ( Kiloran ), but cannot reach destiny due to nature’s whim. Hiller’s character is set on getting the best that life can offer her ( in terms of money and position ). Enter Roger Livesey as the impoverished Laird of Kiloran.
Livesey is an unlikely heartthrob who is excellent as the attractive and strong-principled man that lures the materialistic Hiller. Wonderful location footage and cinematography. The film depicts a strong confrontation between the ways of the gentle and unambitious rural inhabitants of the Isles and the people from the city.
Precious Gaelic flavour, deft performances, wonderful film. I expected a very romantic story, full of magic and it’s not like that: It has a special out-of-this world, magical quality, but in a different way and the events and love story between the lead actors are most realistic, notwithstanding the magical elements, but not in a sentimental way. Very interesting and unique approach. I could watch it a thousand times. Thoroughly recommended.
CineMaven’s Note: You can go on Amazon for the complete film, or see a snippet here:
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