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The Power of the Dog

Directed by Jane Campion
New Zealand, Australia
128 minutes
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Jane Campion won Best Director at Venice 2021 for this tense 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 restaurant-owning widow Rose (Dunst), a gentle and kind woman, 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, frustrated and at undeclared war with each other, head towards a shocking climax. With a tremendous score by Jonny Greenwood, both beautiful and unnerving, and uniformly fine performances, The Power of the Dog is a triumph.
A poison-tipped dagger of a Western drama wrapped in rawhide and old rope; a brilliant, murderous fable about masculine strength that’s so diamond-toothed its victims are already half dead by the time they see the first drop of their own blood.
David Ehrlich, IndieWire
Beautiful, brawny Western… It’s the director’s first feature since 2009’s Bright Star and is so confident and well-textured it reminds us what we’ve been missing. The landscape without her has looked a little arid and flyblown.
Xan Brooks, The Guardian


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New Zealand, Australia
In English
Jane Campion
Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier
Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons
Jane Campion
Ari Wegner
Peter Sciberras
Australian Distributor
Australian Distributor: Transmission Films
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