A prospector sells his wife and daughter to another gold miner for the rights to a gold mine. Twenty years later, the prospector is a wealthy man who owns much of the old west town named Kingdom Come. But changes are brewing and his past is coming back to haunt him.
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The plot, a loose reworking of Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor Of Casterbridge, is, in theory, a mostly traditional Western story of hardened men fighting over real estate. But one of the characters, played with extraordinarily commanding understatement by Peter Mullan, has a heartbreaking secret that explodes the genre’s propensity for loneliness.
The Claim in anamorphic widescreen tends toward a single focal point, and a swirl of surrounding activity—even when the camera circles a man screaming in despair against a desolate landscape, he’s centered in the frame, a still point in a turning world. Returning to the film, I found it more legible, visually and narratively, than I remembered.
one important aspect of this movie is that it is inspired by The Mayor Of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy, it is somewhat lacking, tho it does convey something of the era in America when land grabbing and gold rushes destroyed the souls of men. Well made & worth a look. Trivia fans may be interested to know, Nastassia Kinski who plays 'the wife' in this movie started her career in Tess, also based on a Hardy novel