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

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Lady Macbeth / Reviews

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Adapted from the 1865 novella by Russian author Nikolai Leskov, but transplanted to the UK’s bleak Northumberland moors, William Oldroyd's debut plays out like a Victorian Handmaid's Tale. The first scene shows young Katherine (Florence Pugh) married off to local landowner Alexander (Paul Hilton), her face completely wrapped in a wedding veil that looks more like a shroud.

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Variety

Variety

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

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

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Time Out

Time Out

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

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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

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Stuff

Stuff

One of the most entertaining and engrossing watches of 2017.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

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