Wednesday, 16 November 2011


“Women are the snares of Satan. Women are the devil’s nets. Woeful is the household that wants a woman. If only lawyer and proud family man Chris Cleek, played by Sean Bridgers (True Blood, Deadwood) had listened to any of these proverbs before he stumbled upon a wild, feral woman (Pollyanna McIntosh of Exam and Burke and Hare fame) bathing in a woodland stream near his isolated country home. Perhaps he wouldn’t have made a decision that would dramatically change both their lives. But then, he's more of an animal than she is.

So he captures her, chains her up in the fruit cellar below his house, intending to tame and civilize her, encouraging his oddball family to help him in his quest. Not a good idea when you have a son who’s just hit puberty, a daughter you hit on and a wife you just hit. Clearly, the task at hand is more difficult than first imagined, so Chris sets in motion a collision course for a brutal showdown between his family and the wild female force of nature. One of the darkest movies of the year, but also one of the best, The Woman is brutal from the outset, with some astonishing performances and a final act that pushes the boundaries and all the right buttons.”                       DW

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