A fiery adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s novel, a bloody and fierce tale of vengeance.
Strictly confined to her absentee husband’s gothic estate in 1865 England’s countryside, young Lady Katherine has been trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience. Imprisoned by the harsh tongue and severe scrutiny of her father-in-law, a steely fire of determination burns within her. When a brutish new servant ensnares her interest, their lascivious affair tears down the status quo, awakening a murderous desire to break free of her chains and inflict vengeance, no matter the price. Swirling around the absolutely mesmerizing performance of the steely-eyed Florence Pugh in the title role, this fiery adaptation by Oldroyd and screenwriter Alice Birch (based on Nikolai Leskov’s novel) invokes a masterful command of tonal control and breathtaking beauty, whose every frame feels utterly alive. (2017, William Oldroyd, UK, R, 95 min, DCP)
“A barbed feminist fable of class, cruelty and sexual power that feels absolutely true to its period and uncannily attuned to the present moment.” -The New York Times
“A brilliantly chilling subversion of a classic. 5/5.” -The Guardian
“Throughout Lady MacBeth we see Pugh’s eyes, full of possibility and optimism at the outset, gradually darken. Even her breathing changes. It’s a wonderful performance in a very fine film.” -Chicago Tribune
“Few movies this year will be more likely to molest your sleep.” -The New Yorker
“One of the best, and most surprising, films of the year.” – The Atlantic