I Know Where I'm Going!

DVD - 2001
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
I Know Where I'm Going!
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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Wendy Hiller is not going to let anything stop her from using an advantageous marriage to lift her status. Until a windswept island in Scotland gets into her heart.

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Nov 03, 2014
  • runwayman rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

Jan 13, 2014
  • LadySugar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 09, 2013
  • alpaca85 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"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.

Feb 25, 2012
  • nptphoto rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliantly acted and directed; a charmer, yet so much more than that. Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey -- fantastic!

Oct 01, 2011
  • Janice21383 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film has the sexiest scene in all movies -- to find out exactly why I think so, you'll have to see it. But for now, I'll SPOILER you, to a certain point. The tension between Wendy and the laird has built to hurricane force. He takes her to her first ceilidh, and he's props up the ladder she's climbed, to get a better view of the dancers. He starts translating one of the songs, ending, almost angrily, with "...you're the maid for ME!" THWACK! Poor Wendy.

Jan 07, 2011
  • rgally rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sweet film and a beautiful copy (Criterion Collection).

Jan 09, 2010
  • sanjosemom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wendy Hiller is wonderful, as usual.


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