First of all, no, it’s not the Scottish play, the name of which must never be mentioned.
This Lady Macbeth is an adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novel, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. It finally opened in five US theatres this weekend, after making the rounds on the festival circuit and getting rave reviews in the UK. The Tomatometer has it at 89%.
The movie has gotten high praise, especially for what’s been called “an amazing performance” by Florence Pugh, who plays Katherine. At 21, it’s only her second feature film.
What first drew my attention to Lady Macbeth was the subheading for Eric Kohn’s IndieWire review: “Imagine Alfred Hitchcock directing Wuthering Heights and you’ll get an idea of William Oldroyd’s tense period drama.” Pretty irresistible.
More theatres will be added in the weeks to come.