Jane Campion marked the history of the seventh art. In 1993, she became the first woman to win a Palme d’Or at Cannes for The Piano. Today, the New Zealand filmmaker continues to wow us with The Power of the Dog. This must-see movie produced by Quebecer Roger Frappier will be available on Netflix on 1er December and in theaters from Wednesday November 17.
A very involved Quebecer
While staying in Paris, Roger Frappier came across an interview with Gérard Depardieu where he confided that The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage was his favorite book. Intrigued, he then acquires the rights to the story. Also captivated by the richness of the story, Jane Campion subsequently contacted the Quebec producer in Cannes to discuss it. “Roger then told me that the novel could become a film, my film, if I wanted it,” she recalled during a press conference organized in October during the Festival du nouveau cinema. It was very exciting and that’s how it all started. ”
The Power of the Dog, what a story!
Montana, 1920s. Two opposing brothers, Phil and George Burbank, lead a mundane daily life on their ranch, until the latter marries Rose, the widow and mother of a teenager, Peter. Feeling threatened by this new family, Phil will then be cruel and execrable …
Recognized for the power of the female characters of her previous films, Jane Campion does not hesitate in The Power of The Dog to show toxic masculinity and unmentionable desires. “I don’t make decisions with my brain, but, as an artist, rather with my psyche. The book The Power of the Dog has changed something in me, just as we live in a changing era for women in cinema, ”says the director about it.
“I wondered a lot about who was going to play the character of Phil Burbank, this alpha male who nevertheless went to college. We were looking for a great actor who would have the courage to seize it. After reading the script, Benedict Cumberbatch [Sherlock, Imitation Game, ndlr] told me he would love to be there. It meant so much to me because it’s a role challenging and complex, ”she continues. And the result on the screen is disconcerting, as the British actor appears to be the opposite of what he had accustomed us to.
Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), who plays Peter, delivers an equally disturbing game but still brilliant. Remember also that Kirsten Dunst (The Virgin Suicides) and Jesse Plemons (I’m Thinking of Ending Things) play the other two main roles brilliantly.
Although this is a Netflix production, “The Power of the Dog is a film that moviegoers will also be able to enjoy on the big screen, ”says Jane Campion. An experience that Metro highly recommend you to fully savor the magnificent direction of photography by Ari Wegner, enhanced by original music by Radiohead member Jonny Greenwood.
The Piano is the first movie I saw. Even though I’ve seen a bunch of others, very few have marked me as The Piano, which helped me define myself as a person. It also made me want to write roles for women. Extraordinary women, with soul, will and strength, not victims or objects.
Xavier Dolan speaking to Jane Campion when he received the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 for Mommy
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We (re) discover the filmmaker Jane Campion with “The Power of the Dog”