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Lady Macbeth (2016)

R | | Drama, Romance | 14 July 2017 (USA)
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In 19th-century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate.

Director:

William Oldroyd

Writers:

Nikolai Leskov (based on Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Alice Birch
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 18 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Florence Pugh ... Katherine
Cosmo Jarvis Cosmo Jarvis ... Sebastian
Paul Hilton Paul Hilton ... Alexander
Naomi Ackie ... Anna
Christopher Fairbank ... Boris
Golda Rosheuvel ... Agnes
Anton Palmer Anton Palmer ... Teddy
Rebecca Manley Rebecca Manley ... Mary
Fleur Houdijk Fleur Houdijk ... Tessa
Cliff Burnett Cliff Burnett ... Father Peter
David Kirkbride David Kirkbride ... Edward
Bill Fellows ... Dr. Burdon
Nicholas Lumley Nicholas Lumley ... Mr. Robertson
Raymond Finn Raymond Finn ... Mr. Kirkbride
Ian Conningham ... Detective Logan
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Storyline

Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband's estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Written by Production

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violence, strong sexuality/nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady M See more »

Filming Locations:

Northumberland, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,537, 16 July 2017

Gross USA:

$1,129,408

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,401,447
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Only three musical passages feature in the film's score. See more »

Goofs

The husband's corpse which is buried in the forest is very clearly (and obviously) a dummy. See more »

Quotes

Boris: Do you not think it necessary to keep an account of what happens to my property in this household? All my property! Might I assume you drank it.
Anna: No, sir.
Boris: And yet you have no other explanation.
Anna: No, sir.
Boris: Get down.
Anna: Sir?
Boris: On your hands and knees. You behave like an animal and I'll treat you like an animal. Now, get out!
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Connections

Remake of Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
(uncredited)
German folk tune
Lyrics by Joachim Neander, translated by Catherine Winkworth
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Too Restrained for the Kind of Story It Tells
7 August 2017 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

"Lady Macbeth" is like a Charlotte Bronte novel if the main heroine were a psychopath.

Florence Pugh plays a young woman saddled with a marriage and an estate that she did not choose for herself, who gets a taste of what it is to give in to her own passionate urges when she shacks up with a hunky stable boy and then decides that she will have a life with him no matter what or who she has to eliminate to make it happen.

"Lady Macbeth" sounds dark and juicy on paper, and it could have been a fabulously lurid spin on the Victorian Gothic template, but as treated here it's far too restrained to take advantage of the pulpy subject matter. The whole film, from the direction to the performances, really needed to go for it and not hold back. Instead, it's too quiet and slow by half, and though Pugh does an admirable job, one can't help but wonder how much more memorable a character she might have been able to create had she been allowed to really go off the rails. Maybe an odd and random thought, but the whole time I was watching this movie I was thinking what a younger Naomi Watts could have done with it.

Not a total misfire, but nowhere nearly as good as it could have been.

Grade: B


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