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a field in england

BEN WHEATLEY | 2013 | O.V. English | England | 91min | B & W

Synopsis :

« Bold and Visionary » — Total Film

« An impressive, haunting picture » — Empire

England, circa the mid-1600s. Civil war is raging. Fleeing battle, a motley crew of deserters is joined by an alchemist who’ll guide them to a treasure hidden in a field. But when they cross a mysterious ring of mushrooms, things suddenly go awry. Quarrels, paranoia, hallucinations, supernatural forces — are they in the grip of some previously dormant evil?

Master provocateur Ben Wheatley (DOWN TERRACE, KILL LIST and SIGHTSEERS), heir apparent to the crown of new British cinema, a sort of love child of Ken Loach and Quentin Tarantino who’s lionized by fans and critics worldwide, uses surprise to powerful effect in his dizzying, hallucinogen-laced period piece. Right from the the beginning (a warning about extreme strobe effects featured in the film) A FIELD IN ENGLAND oozes pain. Oddly oppressive for a film shot in an open field, muddy and crude (the straining defecation scene is particularly cringe-worthy), it’s a mystical journey rooted in social realism that tips without warning into psychedelic madness. Together with L'ÉTRANGE COULEUR DES LARMES DE TON CORPS, it’s clearly the most radical and intense of this year’s crop. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.