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A Field in England.

3.5 out of 4 stars

Title
A Field in England
Directed by
Ben Wheatley
Country
U.K.
Language
English

As the title implies, the action in British horror hotshot Ben Wheatley's fourth feature takes place in a grassy patch of England circa 1648. It is a time of civil war and widespread religious superstition, and so the central troop of soldiers traversing the countryside is doubly imperilled – they're at the mercy of military campaigns and sinister magicianship. The plot is sparse but the sense of dread is thick. By turns surreal and hilarious, A Field in England is also genuinely gorgeous: Mr. Wheatley abandons the rough edges of his past work for a gleaming, grey-scale presentation that suggests an ancient woodcut brought to life by some crazed warlock's sinister incantation.

At VIFF: Sept. 28, 11:30 p.m., Rio; Sept. 29, 4:20 p.m., International Village

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About the Author

Adam Nayman is a contributing editor for Cinema Scope and writes on film for Montage, Sight and Sound, Reverse Shot and Cineaste. He is a lecturer at Ryerson and the University of Toronto and his first book, a critical study of Paul Verhoeven's SHOWGIRLS, will be published in 2014 by ECW Press. More

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