At the turn of the 19th century, Clare is an indentured convict held by a British Lieutenant. His abuse of power, delaying her release, leads to horrific consequences. Although set some 200 years ago the concerns about violence - towards women, towards indigenous people, towards nature, the repercussions of colonization - they're very much in our mentality and in the way we live now", observed Kent, "but by placing something in the past, you can give people a distance from it, so they can see it without feeling like they're being attacked. Everything that's real and deep about this film is relevant now. Completely."
A quite astonishing film but please be aware it contains scenes of brutality and infanticide.
The most shocking thing about this shocking film? When it was over, I felt like I'd been released from a warm hug. London Evening Standard
136 mins Jennifer Kent Australia 2019 (18)
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