Lady Macbeth (William Oldroyd, 2016)

Not another spin on ‘The Scottish Play’, William Oldroyd’s tense, darkly comic feature debut is actually an adaptation of a 19th century Russian novella, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov, the story now transported to Northern England around the same time. It’s pretty Shakespearean, though, with a dash of Flaubert, thanks to murderous intentions brought about by young bride Katherine’s displeasure with her sexless marriage and subordinate role in provincial life. More wilful sadist than a distressed damsel, Katherine offers a fine showcase for the hypnotising Florence Pugh to veer from endearing puckishness to dangerously disturbed…

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