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The Intended

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director Kristian Levring, in this Dogme 95-inspired, 1920s period melodrama, provides a chilling look at the power of greed and sex. Seeking to make a quick fortune and to carry on an unconventional relationship, Sarah Morris (Janet McTeer, who cowrote the script) and her younger lover Hamish (J.J. Field) travel to the jungle to survey land for an English trading company. Instead of an exotic hideaway, the pair discovers a remote camp where the residents, after decades in the jungle, have become preoccupied with seizing control of the company fortune. Shrewish Mrs. Jones (Brenda Fricker) maintains tight control--doting on her sycophant nephew Norton (Philip Jackson), and constantly belittling the others, including her socially stunted son William (Tony Maudsley). Sarah and Hamish quickly find themselves in a Joseph Conrad-esque hell, and when Hamish falls ill and the company's money runs out, Sarah finds herself faced with a life-altering moral decision.

    Using minimal lighting, spare sets and costume design, and slow pacing, director Levring creates a claustrophobic atmosphere appropriate to the descent into madness and desperation faced by the characters. Superbly acted by the entire cast, Olympia Dukakis stands out as Erina, who, having grown up with the boorish William, has accepted her unrequited love for him and has settled for acting as his occasional sexual servant. Evoking films such as AT PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD, THE INTENDED provides biting commentary on the detrimental effects of colonialism and capitalism and an interesting sociological lesson in isolation and aggression.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9684

  • Credits
    Janet McTeer, Brenda Fricker, Olympia Dukakis, David Bradley, Tony Maudsley, J.J. Field, Philip Jackson, Robert Pugh
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