Penda's Fen

Penda's Fen ★★★½

It's good! Tastefully fragmentary and skillfully edited, surreal but not surreal enough to get obnoxious. Some of its images are more compelling than others – I found a lot of the folk horror-core stuff to be absolutely thrilling and genuinely startling, but didn't get a lot from the Elgar scene. The dense script makes its point, even if the climax doesn't feel as satisfyingly summative as it could have.

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