Lady Macbeth

Review: Lady Macbeth

26 Sep 17

Lady M's subtle arthouse meditation

Adapted not from Shakespeare’s Scottish play, but from Nikolai Leskov’s Russian novel, William Oldroyd’s understated, glacially paced, atmospheric, minimalist masterpiece takes a long, cold, hard look at the patriarchal subjugation of women. In 19th Century rural England, Katherine (Florence Pugh) is sold to a bullying, middle-aged man. Finding an outlet for her repressed passion with a stable hand (Cosmo Jarvis), Katherine slowly evolves from victim to perpetrator.

No one is innocent in this subtly acted, artful meditation on feminism, sex, power and the ugly side of human desire… though avoid if slow, poetic, art-house fare ain’t your thing.