Kirsten Dunst in The Power of the Dog © Netflix (2021)
Kirsten Dunst in The Power of the Dog © Netflix (2021)
The Power of the Dog © Netflix (2021)

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The Power of the Dog

Jane Campion | UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & USA | 2021 | M

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Thu 22 Jun - Fri 30 Jun 2023

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Western hero-worship gives way to misogynistic manoeuvres and a crisis of masculinity in Jane Campion's highly awarded period drama.

Jane Campion won her second Oscar for this gripping Western exploring masculinity, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Montana, 1925. The Burbank brothers, Phil (Cumberbatch) and George (Plemons) own a sprawling and successful cattle ranch, and still share a bedroom. Where George is taciturn, Phil is charismatic, hyper-masculine and a bully – constantly taunting his brother. When George secretly marries the gentle, restaurant-owning widow Rose (Dunst), her very presence enrages Phil. He’s even more antagonistic towards her sensitive son Peter (Smit-McPhee).

Campion brilliantly ramps up the tension as these characters, at undeclared war with each other, head towards a shocking climax. With a tremendous score – both beautiful and unnerving – by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, and featuring uniformly fine performances, The Power of the Dog is a triumph.

As a reminder of Campion's mastery of craft, The Power of the Dog is second to none; there is no one better at linking landscape and mood and performance at the most intuitive level.

Tom Shone, Sunday Times

Format: 35mm
Language: English
Source: Netflix
Courtesy: Netflix
Runtime: 127 min

Event duration

127 mins



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