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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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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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Screened as part of the inaugural Overlook Film Festival in Mount Hood, Oregon. See more »

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

Quotes

Boris: You haven't been running the house in my absence.
Katherine: I have.
Boris: That wasn't a question.
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2018) 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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Lust and loneliness
17 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

If I were the producer of this film, I'd have chosen a different title. I'm sure lots of moviegoers are going to be misled: this film has nothing to do with Shakespeare. It's an adaptation of a novel by the Russian author Nikolai Leskov, set in early 19th century England.

The film seems to be a pre-feminism manifesto for women's rights. It shows Katherine Lester, the submissive wife of a wealthy but abusive landowner, living in a secluded manor in the British countryside. During a prolonged absence of her husband, she rediscovers her freedom and starts an affair with one of the stable boys. Not willing to give up her newly acquired status, she starts a series of increasingly extreme actions.

The interesting thing is how Katherine evolves from victim to culprit. She seems to have learned from her husband how to use and misuse power. The lack of social conscience of which she at first is a victim, becomes a driving force for her own behaviour. Her selfishness and lack of morality is so extreme that, in the end, she betrays innocent servants. The viewer has to shift his allegiances: at first, it's impossible not to sympathize with Katherine, enjoying a free life without her heartless husband. But halfway through the film, it becomes clear that Katherine is just as heartless, as soon as she is in power.

The story is filmed in a very effective, sober style with beautiful cinematography. The lack of any music is remarkable: some elongated scenes are striking because of the silence. The oppressive atmosphere in the manor is emphasized by the camera work. The camera repeatedly shows scenes from exactly the same viewpoint. Four or five times, we see the servant Anna entering Katherine's bedroom in exactly the same way.

As much as 'Lady Macbeth' is about gender, it is also about class. It is striking that Katherine, who as a woman is considered a lower form of human life by men, herself considers the servants to be a lower form of human life. She shamelessly uses them for her own purposes and enjoyment, but doesn't care at all about their fate afterwards.

'Lady Macbeth' is a beautiful film, about issues that even nowadays are worth thinking about. But I would have named it 'Lust and loneliness' - after all, it's set in the same period as the Jane Austen novels.


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