A young mother, mysteriously mute, becomes entangled with two men in rural 19th-century New Zealand.
New Zealand-Australia-France 1993
Dir Jane Campion
With Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin
Set in the wilds of 19th-century New Zealand, this Bronte-esque romance concerns the fraught relationship between a young mother, mysteriously mute, who expresses herself through her music; the farmer with whom she’s guardedly entered into an arranged marriage; and his foreman, who helps the woman for reasons best known to himself. Campion regards the trio’s respective passions with a sympathetic curiosity.