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Art House, Drama - Historic

Lady Macbeth (2017)

Released 2017 Rating (UK)
Source of story A novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov written in 1865 (with modifications)
Writer/s Script Alice Birch
Director William Oldroyd
Starring Florence Pugh, Christopher Fairbank, Cosmo Jarvis, Naomi Ackle
Elevator Pitch A colliery owner in 1860s Northern England buys a young woman as a wife for his son, in order to produce a heir. But the son refuses to have sex with her, prefering to use her nakeness as visual stimulation. When both father and son are called away she takes up with an estate worker, pursuing the affair even after the return of the father with terrible consequences.
Content Domestic scenes in the dark interior of the house and brooding exteriors on the moors. Interaction between the young woman and the men of the family. Some violence, sex and nudity.
A View One of the reviewers headed his piece “It’s Grim Up North” and it is. Generally hailed as a minor masterpiece based on very limited distribution. We quite liked it although it is evident that the very moderate budget of about $600,000 has resulted in some unlikely contrivances in the plot and some unanswered questions.

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