A great and touching romance that is gorgeous to look at and features fine actors at the top of their game. It truly is a masterpiece of world cinema and Jane Campion clearly is an immensely gifted filmmaker.
This film succeeds largely as a directorial piece. The shots are extremely well composed and the overall production is phenomenal. Yet, I couldn't help but feel the script could have been a tad stronger. Still, a really well made film!
Intense and stylish, this plays as an earthy revenge drama syncronised with fecundity, touch, sound and sensation, perhaps to compensate for Ada's muteness. It's stunning to the eye and ear, although not especially profound. Nevertheless it lingers on as a series of strong images set to to that (after a time) infernal tune. It remains Campion's most fully formed piece to date and is still her mainstream calling card.