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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
), 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.