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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 12.07.16] United Kingdom thriller drama

I have a lot of cinematic soft spots but none is quite as big as the period drama and I'm always on the look out for the next best thing. This year, one of the best happened to be a horror movie (if you haven't seen The Witch (review) yet, now is the time) and it looks like one of next year's best might just be a period thriller.

Adapted by Alice Birch from Nikolai Leskov's novella and directed by William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth stars Florence Pugh as Katherine, a young woman sold into marriage to a man twice her age. She's bitter and unhappy and when her husband goes away on business, she finds companionship with another man. When her husband returns, she takes it upon herself to get rid of him once and for all.

Strong female lead in a story of self preservation complete with murder and intrigue? Where do I sign up? It certainly doesn't hurt matters any that Florence Pugh's performance has been reaping praise since the film premiered at Toronto.

Lady Macbeth is an official selection of Sundance 2017 and will open in NY and LA on June 2.

Recommended Release: The Witch

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Genius (5 years ago) Reply

I loved the The Witch so I will keep an eye out for this.

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