Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth

Period drama adapted from Nikolai Leskov's novel Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. Directed by Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominee William Oldroyd.

"Lady Katherine (Florence Pugh) is a young misfit in the stifling social atmosphere of Victorian England. Locked in a marriage of convenience to a much older man, marooned on an estate amidst the northern heaths of County Durham, Katherine strains against the social mores of the time. Lectured at by the local priest, tormented by a father-in-law who expects her to provide an heir, she paces her constrictive world like a wild animal looking for escape. She soon finds an outlet for her passions in Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis), a young groom who is one of her husband's many servants. Those passions could be their undoing." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2016Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language & sex scenes89 minsUK
DramaFestival & Independent
91%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Florence Pugh announces herself as a major talent to watch in William Oldroyd's impressively tough-minded Victorian tragedy.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Madame Bovary meets Thérèse Raquin with a splash of Lady Chatterley in a pared-down drama that packs a real punch.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

This brilliantly feminist British indie film plunges a cold, sharp knife into the back of bonnet dramas.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It could well open up a dark new avenue in the bonnets-and-bows world of classic literary adaptation.

5.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

One of the most entertaining and engrossing watches of 2017.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A powerfully austere nineteenth-century drama, and an uncompromising attempt to make that rare thing, a genuine British art film.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Lady Macbeth mostly operates within established period conventions, but draws fresh blood from antique material thanks to a sparky cast, subtle nods to contemporary race and gender issues, and a hefty shot of gothic melodrama.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...the whole adds up to rather less than the sum of its parts.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This intelligently scripted and imposingly played costume noir revisits the conventions of Victorian melodrama to comment on modern attitudes to oppression, prejudice and morality.

4.0
0

Low budget, high achievements.

This is the first feature film from director William Oldroyd, a riveting period drama / film noir that keeps you wanting more. Florence Pugh brilliantly plays the title character, Katherine, that we see evolve in many ways as the film advances. Starting as a victim of her circumstances , it isn't long before she takes control of her situation ... no...

5.0
0

Not alot of dialogue

There isnt a vast amount of dialogue which will usually bores me without that level of interaction and is partly why I rate this a 3 star. Lead actress is very good and plot is ok but you lack a sense of connection to it and its all a bit dour and grim. Wouldnt be one to rush to

3.0
0

Lady M's subtle arthouse meditation

Adapted not from Shakespeare’s Scottish play, but from Nikolai Leskov’s Russian novel, William Oldroyd’s understated, glacially paced, atmospheric, minimalist masterpiece takes a long, cold, hard look at the patriarchal subjugation of women. In 19th Century rural England, Katherine (Florence Pugh) is sold to a bullying, middle-aged man. Finding an outlet...

4.0
0

Female hubris

Nothing to do with Shakespeare's play but a tragedy of circumstances and miscalculation. Katherine acts to escape her circumstances and one action leads to another. Shot on a limited set of locations with a smallish cast and high production values. It feels like a play. There are a couple of weak plot points to be glossed over but overall while the pace...

4.0
0

a shallow darkly Gothic tale with Shakespearean pretensions

It is usually a fail-proof formula for British filmmakers: gorgeous 19th century costumes, lavishly detailed period sets, and an angel-faced murderess who eliminates her oppressors. The film Lady Macbeth (2017) has the right ingredients but the whole barely rises above its parts. Apart from its classic title, this darkly Gothic adaptation of an 1865 Russian...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Florence Pugh announces herself as a major talent to watch in William Oldroyd's impressively tough-minded Victorian tragedy.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Madame Bovary meets Thérèse Raquin with a splash of Lady Chatterley in a pared-down drama that packs a real punch.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

This brilliantly feminist British indie film plunges a cold, sharp knife into the back of bonnet dramas.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It could well open up a dark new avenue in the bonnets-and-bows world of classic literary adaptation.

5.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

One of the most entertaining and engrossing watches of 2017.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A powerfully austere nineteenth-century drama, and an uncompromising attempt to make that rare thing, a genuine British art film.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Lady Macbeth mostly operates within established period conventions, but draws fresh blood from antique material thanks to a sparky cast, subtle nods to contemporary race and gender issues, and a hefty shot of gothic melodrama.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...the whole adds up to rather less than the sum of its parts.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This intelligently scripted and imposingly played costume noir revisits the conventions of Victorian melodrama to comment on modern attitudes to oppression, prejudice and morality.

4.0
0

Low budget, high achievements.

This is the first feature film from director William Oldroyd, a riveting period drama / film noir that keeps you wanting more. Florence Pugh brilliantly plays the title character, Katherine, that we see evolve in many ways as the film advances. Starting as a victim of her circumstances , it isn't long before she takes control of her situation ... no...

5.0
0

Not alot of dialogue

There isnt a vast amount of dialogue which will usually bores me without that level of interaction and is partly why I rate this a 3 star. Lead actress is very good and plot is ok but you lack a sense of connection to it and its all a bit dour and grim. Wouldnt be one to rush to

3.0
0

Lady M's subtle arthouse meditation

Adapted not from Shakespeare’s Scottish play, but from Nikolai Leskov’s Russian novel, William Oldroyd’s understated, glacially paced, atmospheric, minimalist masterpiece takes a long, cold, hard look at the patriarchal subjugation of women. In 19th Century rural England, Katherine (Florence Pugh) is sold to a bullying, middle-aged man. Finding an outlet...

4.0
0

Female hubris

Nothing to do with Shakespeare's play but a tragedy of circumstances and miscalculation. Katherine acts to escape her circumstances and one action leads to another. Shot on a limited set of locations with a smallish cast and high production values. It feels like a play. There are a couple of weak plot points to be glossed over but overall while the pace...

4.0
0

a shallow darkly Gothic tale with Shakespearean pretensions

It is usually a fail-proof formula for British filmmakers: gorgeous 19th century costumes, lavishly detailed period sets, and an angel-faced murderess who eliminates her oppressors. The film Lady Macbeth (2017) has the right ingredients but the whole barely rises above its parts. Apart from its classic title, this darkly Gothic adaptation of an 1865...

3.0
0