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284 Ratings

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

Directed by Josephine Decker
United States, 2014
Comedy, Romance, Thriller


Akin has taken a summer job on Jeremiah’s farm and develops an attraction to Jeremiah’s daughter, Sarah. The budding relationship unveils Jeremiah’s jealousy. But Akin has secrets too, and as they begin to surface, his attempts to cover them up lead to a twisty, mesmerizing finale.

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Thou Wast Mild and Lovely Directed by Josephine Decker
Decker makes intense, visionary films. Her two features, Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, are lyrical, but this is not a calm, contemplative, conventionally “poetic” cinema. Instead, it is full of disorientation and surprise — narrative, formal, stylistic. Every single element of film form seems to get a playful workout in her hands.
April 08, 2016
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Sunlight has never looked so perversely beautiful as it does streaming through the gooey blood of a freshly decapitated frog, and even odd inserts like Traub hoisting up tools in a POV shot that sees her lift her skinny fists like antennas to heaven take on a sensual charge.
June 05, 2015
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Decker’s focus on the land extends even further to animals here than it does in [Butter on the Latch] — at one point, there’s what appears to be a brief, wonderfully strange segment from the perspective of a cow — with Jeremiah relaying an old folktale in which a boy is told that every living person houses two dueling wolves: one good, the other evil. You’ll be left wondering which force is stronger long after the credits have rolled.
November 12, 2014
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