Netflix: Benedict Cumberbatch as a vicious cowboy in the Power of the Dog trailer

Benedict Cumberbatch asserts himself as a cruel cowboy in the teaser of The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion’s next film coming soon to Netflix.

Twelve years after his last film Bright Star, acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion returned to feature filmmaking. To continue in its tradition of signing the big names of world cinema, Netflix has therefore joined forces with the director and not for just any project.

Indeed, the two parties have been preparing for a while a most tantalizing western, with the support of a cast as it is always good to have when it comes to cowboys. And his first teaser is here to prove to us that the co-winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival for The Piano Lesson is back.

The main plot of The Power of the Dog takes place on the largest ranch in the Montana Valley owned by two brothers. Nevertheless, the relationship between Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George (Jesse Plemons) will deteriorate with the arrival of Rose (Kirsten Dunst), a widow from the area. The latter is going to marry the sweet and sensitive George, which Phil takes a very dim view.

The eerie whistle of Benedict Cumberbatch animates the first sumptuous and for the moment quite mysterious images of the teaser of The Power of the Dog. The heavy atmosphere created by the actor is already being felt and it’s not Kirsten Dunst and young Kodi Smit-McPhee (Rose’s son) who will say the opposite.

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The careful staging of Jane Campion also reflects her magnificent landscapes and subtly lets hover in the silences or the strong image of drops of blood on the wheat, an immense violence. In any case, Jane Campion succeeds in very few plans to make us want to discover her film on December 1, 2021 on Netflix and once again highlights its unique paw.

As a reminder, The Power of the dog is part of the mastoc selection of the Venice Film Festival 2021. Having never obtained the Golden Lion for one of his creations, Jane Campion appears with her feature film as one of the favorites of this edition. However, nothing is gained since The Power of the Dog is going to have to be up to the task of heavy weights like Parallel mothers by Pedro Almodóvar ou bien The Card Counter de Paul Schrader.

photo, Kodi Smit-McPhee

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For more information on the next Venice Film Festival, you can find our recap of this year’s selection which will also be the scene of the great world premiere of Dune Denis Villeneuve version.