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From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.

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Martin Koolhoven
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Credited cast:
Dakota Fanning ... Liz
Kit Harington ... Samuel
Carice van Houten ... Anna
Guy Pearce ... The Reverend
Paul Anderson ... Frank
Emilia Jones ... Joanna
Jack Roth ... Wolf
Naomi Battrick ... Narrator / Older Sam
Carla Juri ... Elizabeth Brundy
Frederick Schmidt ... Sheriff Zeke
Vera Vitali ... Sally
Justin Salinger ... Doctor
William Houston ... Eli
Ivy George ... Sam
Tygo Gernandt ... Crawling outlaw
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A triumphant epic of survival and a tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a hell on earth. Our heroine is Liz (Dakota Fanning), carved from the beautiful wilderness, full of heart and grit, hunted by a vengeful Preacher (Guy Pearce) - a diabolical zealot and her twisted nemesis. But Liz is a genuine survivor; she's no victim - a woman of fearsome strength who responds with astonishing bravery to claim the better life she and her daughter deserve. Fear not. Retribution is coming. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for brutal bloody violence, strong sexual content including disturbing behavior, graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Netherlands | France | Germany | Belgium | Sweden | UK | USA

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English | Dutch

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12 January 2017 (Netherlands) See more »

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Amaldiçoada See more »

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€12,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Both costume designer Ellen Lens and director Martin Koolhoven have told in interviews that the clothing Dakota Fanning wears in beginning of the last chapter deliberately resembles a burka. See more »

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When a bad guy is shoot in his head in the desert, blood is splattered on the camera lens . See more »

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Liz: [narrating] As life progresses, images blur. All that remains are memories. Some of them true, some of them false. I remember her well - at least I think I do. She was a warrior. In the old century, you had to be in order to survive.
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A brutal and harrowing Western
15 April 2017 | by brchthethirdSee all my reviews

Brutal. Harrowing. Unforgiving. Just a few words that come to mind that succinctly describe the experience of watching BRIMSTONE. If you like/don't mind the unsavory and uncompromising in your entertainment you'll probably enjoy this. If you like languidly paced art films, then you'll probably enjoy this. Otherwise, you might lose your patience. The narrative unfolds slowly and methodically, but the payoff is mostly worth the time taken to get there. Aiming to keep this spoiler-free, a brief synopsis is that a new minister (Guy Pearce) comes to a small Western town, and this puts a mute woman (Dakota Fanning) on edge, especially after a miscarriage puts her at odds with her fellow townsfolk. One further important detail is that the film is divided into four chapters, and the first three of these unfold in reverse chronological order. The movie centers around Dakota Fanning and Guy Pearce's characters, and the narrative structure allowed the director to withhold key information until the right time. Of course, like many other films with unique narrative devices, remove it and the film wouldn't be nearly as effective. That being said, there's plenty of stuff that goes on in nearly two and a half hours. A little indulgent? Sure, but all of the narrative elements are good enough to not make this much of a deal-breaker. I will say that the pacing, though slow, was steady and I never got bored. Thematically, Martin Koolhoven (the director) was able to use the period setting effectively to portray a world of religious coercion and the lengths men will go to justify oppressing women. Guy Pearce's character was basically evil incarnate, and it was a scarily brilliant performance. Dakota Fanning also did well, certainly better than I've seen out of her before. Kit Harrington also had a small role as a man that Dakota Fanning's character secretly nurses back to health, and who also teaches her a valuable lesson. From the more technical side, I greatly enjoyed the beautiful cinematography, and the haunting score by Tom Holkenborg (aka, JunkieXL). All things considered, this is one of the best films I've seen in a while, Western or not. For some reason, Europeans seem to do a better job nowadays tackling this genre, and BRIMSTONE is no exception. As long as you're a somewhat patient viewer, and not easily offended, I can highly recommend this.


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