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WTF did I just watch?,
This review is from: A Field In England [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Somewhere between Shrooms and Witchfinder General, with perhaps a soupcon of The Wicker Man, lies this extremely strange movie.
Shot in bleak, grainy black and white, in a muddy field on Farnham Common (just a few miles from my home), it all looks quite magnificent. Within the first few minutes of admiring the Sealed Knot costumes though, I realised I would have to abandon all hope of anything resembling a conventional narrative. It soon becomes a delirious interplay between the motley crew of thuggish, mysterious, comical, enigmatic, greedy, foolish and very human characters. People break into song. Others just want to go down the pub. There are occult elements and some earthy scatological humour but, above all, an ethereal, dreamlike quality and a wonderfully teasing sense of fun throughout.
Certainly one of the most original films I've seen in a very long time. I'm not sure I entirely 'got it' on this first viewing and it is sure to attract some criticism for being overly enigmatic at times, but I did find it utterly compelling and want to watch it again very soon.
A high probability of becoming a future cult classic!
(Review is of the Film 4 premier screening of A Field in England on 5th July, 2013).
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Initial post: 6 Jul 2013 10:55:20 BDT
Mr. J. R. Coupland says:
Channel 4 following it directly with El Topo kinda gives a clue as to where A Field in England's personality lays.
Great film, and definitely one which will benefit from numerous rewatches to fully unravel.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2013 11:49:13 BDT
Agreed. Inventive movies such as this restore my faith in British cinema.
Posted on 6 Jul 2013 22:35:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jul 2013 22:35:51 BDT
Your headline sums up exactly how I was feeling last night after watching this on tv. Then I came straight to this page to buy the dvd!! So many weird/haunting/dream-like images stuck in my mind. What a trip!!
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2013 11:13:34 BDT
A wise decision to film in B&W - makes the viewer more aware of images and, in particular, facial expressions.
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