Lady Macbeth may well be the first film I can recall that has its final shot in the actual trailer. Thankfully though, without the context, this does not detract from what is a stark, startling and surprisingly imposing period drama, which is entirely deserving of the almost universal praise it has garnered.
Directed by William Oldroyd and based on the Russian novel, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, screenwriter Alice Birch transposes the story from Siberia to the windswept moors of Victorian north-east England.
Here, Florence Pugh enters from stage left as Katherine, a young woman quite literally sold and then subsequently trapped into both a loveless marriage and the confines of a family house. Taking advantage of her husband, Alexander (Paul Hilton) and his father Boris (Christopher Fairbank) absence on business, Katherine begins to explore her new surroundings and meets an outspoken groomsman Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis), embarking on a dangerously obsessive and rebellious affair. (more…)