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The Mill and the Cross
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THE MILL AND THE CROSS

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Directed by Lech Majewski
Poland, Sweden, 2011
Drama, History

Synopsis

In 16th-century Flanders, the crusading Spanish militia abuse Protestants with brutally violent tactics. Painter Peter Bruegel tours inside his own canvas of The Way to Calvary, discussing the origin of his work while his wealthy patron, Nicolaes Jonghelinck, bemoans the state of his country.

Synopsis

In 16th-century Flanders, the crusading Spanish militia abuse Protestants with brutally violent tactics. Painter Peter Bruegel tours inside his own canvas of The Way to Calvary, discussing the origin of his work while his wealthy patron, Nicolaes Jonghelinck, bemoans the state of his country.

Our take

Lech Majewski is one of our great visual artists, an operatic craftsman who turns each shot into an exquisite tableau. The Mill and the Cross, his latest film and by some counts his best, starring Charlotte Rampling and Michael York, is at once hauntingly familiar and unlike anything you’ve seen.