Day of Wrath
Dreyer’s atmospheric film about a young woman’s relationship with her stepson.
Dir Carl Theodor Dreyer
With Thorkild Roose, Lisbeth Movin, Preben Lerdorff Rye
Set in 17th-century Denmark, Dreyer’s magisterial film concerns the tender, risky and guilt-laden relationship between the young second wife of an elderly parson – who has sent women to the stake for witchcraft – and her stepson. Sun-dappled rural idylls suggest love, an icy gust of wind on an evening walk, something far darker. Stark, sombre and emotionally very intense.
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