I Know Where I'm Going!

I Know Where I'm Going!

DVD - 2001
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A headstrong young woman travels to the Scottish Hebrides to marry a rich industrialist. On the way, she meets a young naval officer and realizes that some things are more important than money.

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COURIER3
Aug 05, 2017

A black & white movie. Dull and boring, gave it one hour. Reviews were not honest.

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CloudyPepper
Jun 22, 2017

Kind of an unexpected romantic film, which is nice considering how by-the-numbers these things usually are; its focus almost felt more ethnographic - exploring the culture of this Scottish island - than romantic, and the characters were well drawn (even if one of them had her annoying moments here and there). Powell & Pressburger have yet to let me down!

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andleslie
Oct 04, 2016

A great classic romance film. Very enjoyable!

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Calvacade
Apr 19, 2016

This really is an excellent movie- a must watch for movie lovers.

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TBrien
Dec 10, 2015

This is one of those movies that has been on my "must-watch" list for a long time and after having finally watched it, I cannot recommend it enough. I loved the way it unfolded and kept surprising me. The characters and the setting were delightful. The way the directors showed what the character was dreaming/thinking at times was just one of many amusing touches. Ending made me get up and cheer!

EuSei Sep 30, 2015

We loved this charming, sweet movie. (I can hardly believe four years later director Michael Powell committed that abomination called “The Red Shoes,” yikes!) Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey are superb in their roles—and so is everyone else, including the hawks and the dogs! (You will recognize Livesey’s as the Duke of Bungay in “The Pallisers” series.) The scenery is breathtaking. And if you watch the bonus, “I Know Where I'm Going! Revisited,” the 1993 photo essay by Nancy Franklin, you will see the area in all its gorgeous color! But if you don’t like older movies, with their characteristic way of acting, I suggest you pass on this one, though.

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Nursebob
Jul 25, 2015

In the hands of a lesser director this wartime chick flick would have ended up as so much mush and treacle, but with Powell & Pressburger at the helm it transcends the bounds of its generic storyline and becomes something quite touching instead. Leads Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey are perfectly paired—her angular features as hard as her heart and his expressive eyes and hoarse brogue able to melt ice with a single glance. And backing them up is a cast of lively extras, including an eccentric old colonel, whose open-faced emotions and rustic ways add depth and context to the unfolding love story. Cinematography has always been a cornerstone of any Powell & Pressburger production and here an unexpectedly poignant script is played out against magnificent views of heaving seas and storm-tossed clouds enveloping a village where people still dance to bagpipes, herd cows through the town square, and make small talk in heavily accented Gaelic. And a climactic channel crossing in the middle of a raging gale is a dizzying blend of bobbing miniatures and rear-projected studio tempests. The film’s one Achille’s heel (or winning charm depending on your point of view) lies in its budding romance—are Joan’s lovelorn hysterics and Torquil’s passionate glances just so much fluff or is there a subtle humour at work as we see the haughty Englishwoman fall for a swirling kilt? Personally I was left charmed.

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runwayman
Nov 03, 2014

Another gem from Michael Powell, and the black and white photography lends so much to the film. Enjoyed the story and film immensely!

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LadySugar
Jan 13, 2014

This movie was quite charming, i was pleasantly surprised at how engaging and meanigful the story was. I enjoyed it.

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alpaca85
Jul 09, 2013

"I Know Where I'm Going!" is the tale of a headstrong young woman set on marrying money, who settles for the owner of Britain's wealthiest industrial conglomerate. They are to be married on an island in the Scottish Hebrides, yet her voyage is impeded by weather, and she is forced to wait in a local village before she can sail to her fiancee. There she meets a host of characters, the most prominent being dashing Royal Navy officer Torquil Macneil. Will her plans be disrupted by this chance meeting, or is it the start of something better?

I had very low expectations going into this film, as despite it's relatively good critical standing, it seemed too tonally similar to the dismal A Canterbury Tale (A film by the same directors made a year earlier). I had also been told it was quite awful by someone else, so I did not think much of it. Much to my surprise, the film was not nearly what I had worried about. Yes, the theme song is cringe worthy, but the rest of the film was lovely. Powell and Pressburger don't over sentimentalize or bore, they present a story that could have easily veered off towards the cliched and boring, but when the film reaches the conclusion, you feel satisfied, not uninterested.

Wendy Hiller, in her part, tries her best to put up an uptight facade, but she does a great job showing the cracks in that sturdy visage as well. The more the weather impedes her travel, the more desperate she becomes. Roger Livesey is also terrific as the world weary navy man, who wants nothing, yet yearns for something he does not understand. The Scottish Hebrides are almost a character in themselves, serving as a beautiful backdrop to the story. They are foreboding and rugged, but they warm to the leads hearts by the time the sun sets over the story.

The film's climax too features some gorgeous special effects. The smooth integration of studio footage and location shots gives the scene an almost eerie fantastic quality. The cinematography too is beautiful, not only in the outdoor scenes, but in the interiors as well. Black and white almost always looks good, and this film is no exception. Powell and Pressburger do an amazing job with the film, and the end result feels just great. A fantastic movie.

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EuSei Sep 30, 2015

Catriona Potts: Oh we live off the country. Rabbits, deer, a stray hiker or two.

EuSei Sep 30, 2015

Catriona Potts: Besides I haven't heard any intelligent female nonsense for months.

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