Lady Macbeth

classified 15

Please note: This was screened in May 2017

William Oldroyd
Christopher Fairbank, Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis
89 mins, 2017, UK

Acclaimed theatre director William Oldroyd relocates Nikolai Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk to 19th-century England, in this Gothic tale about a young woman trapped in a marriage of convenience whose passionate affair unleashes a maelstrom of murder and mayhem on a country estate.

Prepare yourself for this thrilling and unsettling tale of Katherine (Florence Pugh), a young bride who embarks on a relentless struggle for control and happiness. Rooted in Northumberland, Katherine finds herself childless and friendless, stifled by her new marriage to a man twice her age who refuses to consummate his marriage or even let her out the house. Left alone when her husband is called away on business, Katherine embarks on an affair with a handsome stable-hand (Cosmo Jarvis) while her increasingly worried maid (Naomi Ackie) watches on. A new force is unleashed inside of her, one so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants...

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