Film review: The Woman (2011)

The Woman
Director: Lucky McKee
Starring: Pollyanna McIntosh, Angela Bettis, Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter
Duration: 101 minutes


I was given this title for Christmas last year, and, despite having heard nothing about it previously, was pleasantly surprised!  The Woman is about…well…a woman.  A woman who has lived in a forest for most of her life. She cannot speak, I guess you could say she is ‘at one’ with nature, she hunts all of her own food etc… I’m sure you get the gist.

download (1)It just so happens the forest she’s living in is very close to a rich family’s country house, and one day whilst the father is out hunting, he spots her. After observing her actions, he realises that she is feral and decides to capture and try to domesticate her.

However, the story takes a few dark turns as you slowly discover what this man is like and how he treats his family. At first you think he’s just trying to help this woman, but from the moment you see that she’s been tied up in his cellar, then you know something isn’t quite right. The man and his son set about ‘training’ her to become a member of society again, although it quickly becomes apparent that this isn’t really his goal.

This film is brutally beautiful. The way it was filmed and the general cinematography is extraordinary. Even though it becomes increasingly more difficult to watch, the camera work alone was enough to keep me watching; that combined with the character building and gradual build-up of harsh reality created a truly captivating experience.

I think The Woman will go down in history as one of my favourite films. Great acting, beautiful camera-work and a strong story, this is a film you will be thinking about for weeks after. If you can cope with the scenes of extreme violence and gore, then this film is a definite must-see!

Verdict 5 out of 5

Reviewed by Murray McLellan (@CaptainKroch)

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