The Power of The Dog is a superbly crafted period western set against the backdrop of early 1920s, Montana, USA.
The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers dining at a restaurant on their way to market. Here, the brothers meet a widowed proprietress named Rose and her impressionable son Peter.
Pale-eyed Phil Burbank behaves so cruelly he drives the strangers to tears, reveling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter – all except his brother George, who comforts Rose then returns to marry her.
As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form – he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play.
His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil’s cowhand disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace?
Beautifully shot, with compelling performances, The Power of The Dog is a powerful and complex story, directed by Academy Award winner Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
The Power of The Dog is in cinemas November 11, 2021.
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View the trailer here if you like!