Florence Pugh turns in a mesmerizing performance as Ketherine in this film adaptation of the 1865 Russian novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk. Themes of the subordination of women in society, life in rural communities, and of passionate illicit love from the novel are taken one step further in the film, which shows off Florence Pugh’s acting chops as she descends into cold madness.
Set in rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.