Directed by Robert Eggers
USA/Canada | 93 minutes | Canadian Premiere
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The astonishing feature debut by director Robert Eggers evokes Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in its tale of a family of settlers in 17th-century New England who encounter mysterious, possibly supernatural forces when they are exiled from their village and forced to live on the outskirts of an ominous forest.
The astonishing feature debut by director Robert Eggers renders 17th-century New England as an eerie era when faith and superstition were not two sides of the same coin, but rather shared its edge. After a dispute with his fellow villagers, a Puritan patriarch and his family are expelled from the community and forced to settle land by themselves on the edge of a forbidding forest. The family's young daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) is made to look after her infant sibling while the parents toil — which leads to tragedy when the baby suddenly goes missing, and Thomasin has no explanation. As Thomasin's parents descend into hysteria, her other siblings begin to evince disturbing behaviour and mysterious omen multiply, this seemingly cursed clan plunges into a chasm of psychological — and, even more horrifyingly, spiritual — fragmentation.