“This is a movie as big as the open sky, but one where human emotions are still distinctly visible, as fine and sharp as a blade of grass.“
“Once again demonstrating her own strong, clear vision—not to mention superb control of her craft—Campion proves her ability to illuminate hidden truths and let us see what was hiding in plain sight all along.”
Winner of the Best Director Prize at the Venice Film Festival, the multi-Oscar-nominated, THE POWER OF THE DOG marks Jane Campion’s triumphant return to the big screen with this star-studded affair.
The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose (Kirsten Dunst), the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter (Kodi Smit-Mcphee). Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, reveling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter – all except his brother George (Jesse Plemons), who comforts Rose then returns to marry her.
As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form – he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil’s cowhand disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace?
In honor of the films’ recent Academy Award nominations, AFS is proud to present this testament to the power of the image as it makes its return to the big screen.