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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.

Director:

William Oldroyd

Writers:

Nikolai Leskov (based on Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Alice Birch
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 18 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Florence Pugh ... Katherine
Cosmo Jarvis ... Sebastian
Paul Hilton Paul Hilton ... Alexander
Naomi Ackie ... Anna
Christopher Fairbank ... Boris
Golda Rosheuvel ... Agnes
Anton Palmer Anton Palmer ... Teddy
Rebecca Manley Rebecca Manley ... Mary
Fleur Houdijk Fleur Houdijk ... Tessa
Cliff Burnett Cliff Burnett ... Father Peter
David Kirkbride David Kirkbride ... Edward
Bill Fellows ... Dr. Burdon
Nicholas Lumley Nicholas Lumley ... Mr. Robertson
Raymond Finn Raymond Finn ... Mr. Kirkbride
Ian Conningham ... Detective Logan
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady M See more »

Filming Locations:

Northumberland, England, UK See more »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

French visa # 146143. See more »

Goofs

The husband's corpse which is buried in the forest is very clearly (and obviously) a dummy. See more »

Quotes

Boris: You've had enough time to contemplate, I hope, and to take the opportunity to meditate upon your duties as a *wife*, Katherine, in this household above anything else.
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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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A woman in a cruel world
9 April 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Lady Macbeth is like a Victorian Gothic noir with more than a hint of Lady Chatterley's Lover.

An adaptation of a Russian novel which is inspired by Shakespeare's Macbeth.

The film is set in 19th century north east of England. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is a young teenager married off to Alexander (Paul Hilton.) He is much older than her, cold and maybe even sexually inadequate.

Alexander is the son of a wealthy mine owner, Boris (Christopher Fairbank) who is brutish and cruel.

Trapped in a cold, loveless marriage with only the black maid Anna as company. When both men are away, Katherine takes an interest in Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis) a mixed race young estate worker and they have a passionate affair.

When Boris finds out of the affair, Katherine does not shy away from what she has done. When Alexander returns, she flaunts Sebastian in front of him. Katherine becomes crueller as she desptaches both her father in law and husband.

However both Anna and Sebastian find out that Katherine is willing to get more darker to get what she wants.

Lady Macbeth features a mesmerising and beguiling performance from Florence Pugh. It is far away from these slushy chocolate box romantic period dramas. Katherine is steel edged and deadly.


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