The Power of the Dog

12A

Duration: 

127 minutes

Date of release: 

Friday, November 19, 2021

Cast: 

Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sean Keenan, George Mason, Ramontay McConnell, Alistair Sewell, Alice Englert, Keith Carradine

Director: 

Jane Campion

Writer(s): 

Jane Campion, Thomas Savage

Cinematographer: 

Ari Wegner

Music: 

Jonny Greenwood

Producer(s): 

Jane Campion, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman

Genre(s): 

Drama
Romance
Western
The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog

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?
Certificate:
12A
Duration:
127 minutes
Date of release
Friday, 19 November 2021
Cast
Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sean Keenan, George Mason, Ramontay McConnell, Alistair Sewell, Alice Englert, Keith Carradine
Director:
Jane Campion
Screenplay
Jane Campion, Thomas Savage
Cinematographer
Ari Wegner
Music
Jonny Greenwood
Producer(s)
Jane Campion, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman
Genre(s)
Drama, Romance, Western
Future screenings
There are no known future screenings of The Power of the Dog