Netherlands | France | Germany | Belgium | Sweden | UK | USA 2016
Opening November 30, 2017
Directed by: Martin Koolhoven
Writing credits: Martin Koolhoven
Principal actors: Dakota Fanning, Carla Juri, Kit Harington, Guy Pearce, Emilia Jones
A true frontierswoman and a new Western heroine, Liz (Fanning) is a mute housewife living a humble existence with her family during the gold rush times. Already a difficult time for women, life has been especially hard for Liz. And it only gets harder when the psychotic preacher (Pierce) from her past shows up in town and unleashes his version of retribution. The gentle, heart-rending acting from Dakota Fanning and Emilia Jones is truly compelling if you can stand the violence. And the terrifying, psycho performance from Guy Pearce will give you nightmares.
This is the first English language film by director Koolhoven and was nominated for many awards last year including the Best Film at the London Film Festival and The Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. It is a good movie but it is full of gore, violence and senseless acts of cruelty, just what we have come to expect in modern westerns. A long 148 minutes, it does take a while but is compelling to the end. (Christine R.)