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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.

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(based on Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk),
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 17 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Katherine
... Sebastian
Paul Hilton ... Alexander
... Anna
... Boris
... Agnes
Anton Palmer ... Teddy
Rebecca Manley ... Mary
Fleur Houdijk ... Tessa
Cliff Burnett ... Father Peter
David Kirkbride ... Edward
... Dr. Burdon
Nicholas Lumley ... Mr. Robertson
Raymond Finn ... Mr. Kirkbride
... Detective Logan
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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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Drama | Romance

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

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14 July 2017 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,537, 16 July 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,129,408, 5 October 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,007,759, 20 August 2017
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2.39 : 1
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Filmed on location at Lambton Castle, County Durham and Northumberland, United Kingdom. See more »

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A Cornish Rex cat first appears at 14:30. The breed first appeared around 1950. See more »

Quotes

Katherine: I'd rather stop you breathing than have you doubt how I feel.
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Remake of Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda (1989) See more »

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Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
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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 See 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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