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  • Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Webster (Wendy Hiller) knew what she wanted
  • However, her middle-class family couldn't afford the luxury she wanted, so Joan grew up determined to get it for herself no matter what, by all legal means
  • As they meet more people, simple, hard-working, and happy, Joan is no longer so sure that she has chosen the right road in life

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      The story takes place in the WWII England / Scotland. Ever since she was a little girl, Joan Webster (Wendy Hiller) knew what she wanted: all the best and the finest things life had to offer. However, her middle-class family couldn’t afford the luxury she wanted, so Joan grew up determined to get it for herself no matter what, by all legal means. She got a job at a large chemical company and managed to get the attention of the owner, Sir Robert Bellinger, a millionaire old enough to be her father.

      He proposes to her, and Joan accepts. They are to be married on the remote Scottish island of Kiloran, rented by Sir Bellinger in order


      to safely wait out the war. Joan announces her engagement to her father, a bank manager (who cannot help but wonder at her choice), takes all her savings and sets out on a journey to Kiloran, carefully planned and arranged by her fiancé.

      She travels in luxury, first by train, then by car, and arrives to the village of Mull, the closest mainland place to Kiloran. Only a short trip in a boat now separates her from her fiancé - and her dream of a wealthy life. However, the weather is too foggy for the boat trip.

      Joan finds herself stuck in Mull. There is another person stranded by the fog, a Navy man Torquil MacNeil (Roger Livesey). He is also heading to Kiloran where he grew up, planning to spend his 8 days leave there.

      Torquil is actually a part of the local aristocracy and the owner of the island, but he is not rich, and he has to rent the island out to pay the bills. Seeing that the weather will not clear soon, he offers Joan to stay for the night at the house of his friend, Catriona Potts. Joan at first refuses, but then realizes that Torquil is right, and she won’t be able to take the boat.

      She goes with him. Under Torquil’s guidance Joan, a city girl, discovers the life of a Scottish village, totally new and unknown ...


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      to her. They meet their host Catriona (Pamela Brown), a strong, spirited woman fully capable to take care of herself while her husband is away, fighting in the war.

      As the weather still refuses to cooperate, Joan and Torquil move to Tobermory Hotel. They take walks, exploring the beautiful Scottish countryside, see an old castle that has its own legend, attend one couple’s 60th wedding anniversary and a dinner party. As they meet more people, simple, hard-working, and happy, Joan is no longer so sure that she has chosen the right road in life.

      She realizes that she is falling in love with Torquil. Her reaction is that of fear; she sees that these feelings are a

      threat to her future as a millionaire’s wife, and she wants to get away from him. She pays a large sum of money to a local fisherman so that he takes her to Kiloran despite the storm.

      Torquil tries to talk her out of this dangerous idea, but Joan is determined to go. Seeing that she wouldn’t relent, Torquil goes with her and ends up saving their lives when the small boat is almost swept into a whirlpool. On the next day the storm at last subsides and the sea calms down.

      Joan sets off to Kiloran yet again. Will she marry the rich man she doesn’t love or will she come back to Torquil? Get this movie and find out for yourself!



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peggy nelson says :

Is there an available translation of the many Gaelic phrases in the movie I Know Where I`m Going? I would love to know what they`re saying. This is a terrific movie, the story is great and the special effects are wonderful, esp. for 1945 during wartime. Thanks Peggy Nelson

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Galega says :

There isn’t as such any specific production for details of all phrases used in this movie. You can get many of them in reviews and related articles published in The New York Times and Guardian. You can also search for standalone phrases on Google to get detailed explanation.

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