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Interesting film. Really enjoyed it. Held my attention all the way through to the very end.

Would recommend it.

alicemalice Mon 01-May-17 08:00:56

Definitely. Really great film.

Absolutely nothing to do with the Shakespeare play which confused me all the way through the film but don't let that put you off.

It's based on a book called Lady Macbeth of Mtensk and is set in Victorian Northumberland.

Very chilling.

SorchaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-May-17 14:34:17

Hi folks - just to say, Lady Macbeth's also got us talking here at MNHQ (I thought it was excellent!) and we're making it our Film of the Month. Do let us know what you thought/if you're planning on seeing it!

crossparsley Wed 03-May-17 17:11:08

I saw it today and I loved it. Florence Pugh is superb, and Naomie Ackie is so affecting. Loved the setting and the direction.

Very clever how they evoked all sorts of sympathies with/antipathies against the different characters as time went on. Even the 'innocent' characters did some mean stuff, and almost all the baddies had some moments when you could see that in their heads, they had reasons. Proper drama!

BagelGoesWalking Thu 04-May-17 18:06:35

Heard a very positive review of it on the radio, so I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Bambambini Sat 06-May-17 21:52:05

Want to see it t seems in very limited release.

FreeNiki Mon 08-May-17 20:45:31

WTAF!

She murdered 3 people in cold blood including a child.

Diabolical film I wish I hadnt wasted my time on.

sakura06 Wed 10-May-17 07:06:41

It was really interesting and disturbing. All that because she was basically bored though! Her husband and father-in-law were pretty unpleasant, but still... I felt so sorry for poor Anna (and Teddy).

FreeNiki Wed 10-May-17 10:05:10

She didnt do it because she was bored.

She killed her fathercin law and husband so she'd own their property and be able to marry who she liked and inherit all their assets. Then Teddy showed up whom she didn't know about and being her husbands illegitimate son, their were papers drawn up that he was the heir so she had to kill him too.

She was shrewd and calculating.

yesbutnobut Wed 10-May-17 23:20:16

Not sure I'd recommend it though the acting, setting and cinematography are excellent.Very atmospheric and gripping. BUT a very bleak story. I found the last murder very hard to take. I came away concerned that there may be people in the real world who are as disturbed as she is - and hoping my children never get to meet them.

sakura06 Thu 11-May-17 17:46:49

They played on her boredom and lack of company a lot with the daytime napping; constant shots of her sitting on the couch in her blue dress; eating breakfast with Anna or the cat. It felt to me like she was 'imprisoned' by her role as a wife.

It was only when her husband left that she was free to go out walking etc.

She hated her father-in-law partly for his insistence that she be a 'good wife'.

I genuinely never got the impression she wanted the money, but more the freedom to live her life as she wished. Teddy and his grandmother threatened that as she couldn't continue her affair with the groomsman.

SylviaPoe Tue 16-May-17 16:59:23

It's really good, very chilling and atmospheric.

HBPencil Sat 20-May-17 16:00:10

I was looking for the Macbeth similarities throughout. They are not obvious but do exist: her ruthless determination to get what she wants, the raising of a man's status, the murders of an elderly man - though no saintly Duncan - and of a victim who presumably is a Fleance parallel (couldn't find a Banquo or Macduff, or witches). Her hand movements reminded me of Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth sleepwalking anguish.
She is a victim too, imprisoned by the restrictions placed on her by her husband, by her tight corsetry and by her sexual frustration, but very little background information is offered and the scenes show little action. The mood is tense and chilling, the dialogue is minimal and music non-existent until a short bit at the end. This slowness and silence serve to give the audience the sense of oppression and boredom she must feel. However, Florence Pugh manages to convey much, even in her silence.
Visually strong - beautifully lit and photographed - the action is so slow-paced that the screen often seems to frame a painting. However, it heightens the contrast with the dramatic points.
I feel it is a good art film but not a popular crowd-pleaser. Would recommend.

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