Wendy Hiller gives an ebullient and charming performance as a headstrong young British woman in I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING!, a mystical, lyrical romance by the great writer-producer-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, known as the Archers.
25-year-old Joan Webster (Wendy Hiller) announces to her father (George Carney) that she's engaged to Sir Robert Bellinger, the elderly owner of the chemical plant where she works, and one of the richest men in England. The two are to be married on the Scottish island of Kiloran in the Hebrides,
which Bellinger has rented. Joan travels to the Isle of Mull, where she's supposed to catch a boat to Kiloran, but a storm prevents her from leaving, and she's forced to stay on the mainland. There, she meets a young naval officer on leave named Torquil MacNeil (Roger Livesy) who's also trying to
get to Kiloran, and the two of them spend the night at the home of one of Torquil's friends. In the days following, Torquil exposes Joan to some intriguing Scottish traditions, and makes her question her decision to marry.
One of the most low-key of all the great Powell-Pressburger productions, I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING! is an absolute delight from beginning to end, combining romance, comedy, fantasy, and folklore to create a unique style that can only be described as "magical realism." Hiller brilliantly captures
Joan's intelligence and determination without turning her into a stereotype, and makes her transformation totally believable. Roger Livesy is excellent as Torquil, although amazingly, all of his exterior scenes were filmed with a double, since he was unavailable when the company went to Scotland.
The rest of the cast is amusingly filled with the usual assortment of Archers eccentrics, most notably Captain C.W.R. Knight as the falconer Colonel Barnstaple, and a pre-teen Petula Clark. Erwin Hillier's superb, high-contrast photography creates some stunning romantic images and awesome sights,
such as the blanket of black mist swirling across the sea, and the incredible shot of the tiny boat about to be swallowed up by the whirpool. I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING! is a beautiful film about the profound effects of nature on people, and that fact that the universe can be a wondrous and magical
place if one keeps oneself open to its vast mysteries.
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- Review: Wendy Hiller gives an ebullient and charming performance as a headstrong young British woman in I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING!, a mystical, lyrical romance by the great writer-producer-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, known as the Archers.… (more)