I know Joanna Scanlan mainly as the hapless Terri Coverley in The Thick of It. However this role could not be more different as Scanlan plays a recently widowed woman who finds out her late husband had been leading a double life, with a French woman across the English channel. It's a subtle and nuanced turn from Scanlan in the role that sees her life torn asunder, and her faith tested the more she finds out about her husband's other…
Part of this year's Deneuvember 2021 - Our Favourite Season viewing.
Fractured across several viewpoints and timelines, a story of thieves, of family, of philosophy and of love. The non-linear timeline works well, allowing parts of each character to be revealed, although not completely so that there is still enough mystery the sustain the narrative. While criminals may seem like the centre of the film, it isn't what interests André Téchiné - he would rather follow the intersecting loves, whether…
Perhaps the very defintion of visceral, this is a brutal tale which shares a bloodline with Shakespeare's Hamlet but is given a full Nordic overlay. At times the violence on screen can seem unrelenting, albeit probably more historically accurate than what studio movies would generally show. Robert Eggers received a much heftier budget for this film and it shows, even with Northern Ireland standing in mostly for Iceland.
In performance, Alexander Skarsgård is completed committed to his role as Amleth,…