Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing.
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This has got to be one of the year's finest films. Took me totally by surprise. I thought - going in - that this was gonna be another misogyny fest à la "The Salesman"/"Brimstone" where she'd be objectified & punished because she's woman. Not at all. She turns the tables around. Becomes empowered, savante & displays a cunning (almost Fincheresque) demeanor to get everything she wants: love and caring. She winds up ▽
Florence Pugh gives an incredible performance in this gripping thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through and has the feeling of Hitchcock meets Lars von Trier. This film also moves so fluidly that you will feel every emotion without even realizing it.
There is a glimmer of something truly worthy here. Sadly (and oh so distastefully), what would appear to be a movie about the oppression and suppression of women quickly devolves into an inelegant misogynistic freakshow. Florence Pugh is a poor actress wholly ill-fitted to the period, but is hardly alone here in seeming like an awkward party guest suddenly given lines to deliver. A clumsy masquerade, deeply ugly.
Digital. Although sometimes there's a schematic "realism" à la Andrea Arnold ("Wuthering Heights" mostly, by the period and geography), the director's theatrical training allows it to overlap a collection of freaks effects and resists a staged idea of the scene, which keeps the interest of the film - as the reiteration of the protagonist's immutability with different meanings accordingly to action.
Sharp, austere, darkly comic and completely gripping - this is an acerbic character study and enthralling adaptation of Nikolai Leskov's 1865 novel 'Lady Mabeth of Mtensk District', which bares allusions to Shakespeare's eponymous tragedy.
Great & stunning movie, definitely ! Different, deep, measured & very dark movie, alternating fixed shots of a mad beauty & cold-blooded violent scenes. === Absolument un film sidérant & différent. Grave, mesuré & très sombre, alternant plans fixes d'une folle beauté et scène d'une violence inouie.
We already have Lilith Fair and Jezebel.com, so why not reclaim another mythic symbol of wicked femininity in the name of empowerment? The idea is intriguing and the style stripped to bare suspense—too stripped, in fact. It establishes its mood and atmosphere nicely, but it's only skin deep. The plot mechanisms of the finale don't pass the smell test, as if it'll give up psychology and settle for blunt force.