New Jane Campion film The Power of the Dog starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, screens on Netflix in December.
The cast also features Thomasin McKenzie, Frances Conroy, Keith Carradine, Peter Carroll and Adam Beach.
It also screens in select cinemas on November 11.
Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally beguiling. All of Phil’s romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land: He can castrate a bull calf with two swift slashes of his knife; he swims naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as his hides.
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, the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, revelling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter – all except his brother George, 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?
Written and Directed: Jane Campion
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Frances Conroy, Keith Carradine, Peter Carroll, Adam Beach
Producers: Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier, Jane Campion, Tanya Seghatchian
Director of Photography: Ari Wegner
Production Designer: Grant Major
Costume Designer: Kirsty Cameron
Composer: Jonny Greenwood
Editor: Peter Scibberas
A See-Saw Films, Bad Girl Creekand Max Films production in association with Brightstar, The New Zealand Film Commission, Cross City Films and BBC Film.
Wednesday December 1 on Netflix.