The Calling

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"You enter for one reason, you stay for another."
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 5.6  (126)

The Calling is a riveting and suspenseful thriller from 2009, directed by Jan Dunn and starring Brenda Blethyn, Emily Beecham, and Susannah York. The film explores the life of Grace, a retiring English teacher who discovers her true calling as a police detective. Grace (Brenda Blethyn) is an aging teacher whose life is in a rut. Her only son has moved to Australia, and her mother has passed away. She spends her days teaching uninterested students in a small-town high school and attending church on the weekends. But when she witnesses a young girl jump from a balcony to her death, her life takes an unexpected turn.

Grace's intuition tells her that the girl's death was not a suicide, but a murder. She approaches the police with her suspicions, but they dismiss her claims as the ramblings of an old woman. However, this does not deter Grace from pursuing the truth on her own. As she delves deeper into the case, she uncovers a web of deceit and corruption that threatens the entire community.

Grace's tenacity and intelligence are her greatest weapons in her quest for justice. She begins to work closely with Mary (Emily Beecham), a young police officer who is initially dismissive of Grace's involvement but gradually comes to appreciate her expertise. Together, they begin to piece together the clues that lead them to the killer.

However, their investigation is complicated by the fact that the killer is someone close to the victim, and they must act quickly before more lives are put in danger. As the tension builds and the stakes rise, Grace must confront her own fears and vulnerabilities to bring the killer to justice.

The Calling is a masterful piece of filmmaking that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The performances of the three leading ladies are exceptional, with Brenda Blethyn delivering an Oscar-worthy turn as Grace. Emily Beecham and Susannah York offer strong support, creating a genuine sense of camaraderie among the film's female characters.

Jan Dunn's direction is impeccable, creating a palpable sense of tension throughout the film. The atmospheric cinematography and haunting score contribute to the film's overall mood, adding an extra layer of intensity to the already gripping story.

The Calling is a film that transcends the standard genre of the crime drama. It is a powerful and thought-provoking meditation on identity, societal expectations, and the struggle to find purpose in life. Grace's journey to becoming a detective is a metaphor for her own personal growth and self-discovery, making the film a true testament to the power of the human spirit.

Overall, The Calling is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys a good thriller, but it is also a film that offers much more than that. It is a film that stays with you long after the credits have rolled, leaving you with a renewed sense of hope and inspiration.

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    1 hr 45 min
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    5.6  (126)