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The Power of the Dog

Saturday, Jan 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

Dir. Jane Campion. New Zealand/Australia/U.K./U.S. 2021, 126 mins. DCP. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee. After a 12-year absence from feature filmmaking, the great New Zealand director Jane Campion (The Piano) is back with an entirely unconventional western that surgically deconstructs the masculine mythos of this quintessentially American form. Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank (an extraordinarily immersed Cumberbatch) inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother (Plemons) brings home a new wife (Dunst), given to depression, and her mysterious, nonconformist son (Smit-McPhee), Phil torments them—though an unexpected friendship develops. Masterfully conceived and executed, Campion’s film, adapted from a cult novel by Thomas Savage, is a mesmerizing, ambiguous, and very dark journey. A Netflix release.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.