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The Power Of The Dog(2021)

The following morning, George finds Phil sick in bed, his wound now severely infected. A delirious Phil looks for Peter to give him the finished lasso, but George takes him to the doctor. George is later seen picking out a coffin for his brother while his body is prepared for burial. At the funeral, the doctor tells George that Phil most likely died of anthrax. This puzzles George, as Phil was always careful to avoid diseased cattle. Peter, who skipped Phil's funeral, opens a Book of Common Prayer to a passage on burial rites and then reads Psalm 22: "Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog." With carefully gloved hands, Peter stows his finished lasso under his bed. As Peter watches George and a now-sober Rose return home and embrace, he turns away and smiles, implying he intentionally gave Phil the diseased hide to save his mother's life.

The Power of the Dog(2021)

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The film's title, as briefly shown towards the end, is taken from the Bible's Book of Psalms, Chapter 22, Verse 20: "Save my soul from the sword, and my darling from the power of the dog." In the original Hebrew "my darling" indicated "my only", as in solitary and cherished; the "dogs" are the tormentors of King David. Centuries later, authors of the gospels noted that it describes circumstances similar to the crucifixion of Jesus, suggesting prophesy. Thus the title is a subtle spoiler as to the final outcome of the film as well as the character's motivation. (Psalm 22, "The Psalm of the Cross", is written as Jesus' plea to God while he was dying on the cross, and begins with the much more well-known verse: "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?")

This twist in which Peter poisons Phil to protect his mother in The Power of the Dog's ending is also where the film takes its mysterious title from. Following Phil's death, Peter is seen reading a Bible in his room. It's open to a significant verse from Psalms 22: "Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog." Inferring The Power of the Dog's meaning, it's implied that Phil is the dog and that Rose, or even Peter himself, is the darling being delivered by the poisoning plot.

It's a Power of the Dog power couple: Both Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons, who costar in the Netflix Western and are together in real life, have scored Academy Award nominations for the film. It marks the first Oscar nomination for each of them.

Netflix film The Power of the Dog sees director Jane Campion return to the height of her powers to deliver a gothic and unsettling Western tale that has already garnered numerous Oscars 2022 nods and BAFTA nominations.

  • Set in Montana in the 1920s, Jane Campion\u2019s hotly anticipated new film is an enthralling revisionist western awash in sublime expanses and nuance, capturing a landscape and a people driven by the fantasy and folly of western expansion. Adapted from Thomas Savage\u2019s cult novel of the same name, The Power of the Dog tells the story of successful rancher brothers George (Jesse Plemons) and Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) Burbank, whose relationship sours when the more mild-mannered George marries local widow Rose (Kirsten Dunst).\r\n\r\nRose and her son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) arrive at the Burbank ranch \u2014 seemingly wholesome and na\u00efve \u2014 and attempt to fit into the family\u2019s complex dynamic of new money, but are continually stymied by an unspoken brotherly bond. Phil\u2019s past as a classics scholar at Yale is barely discernible as he sports a tough and dirty exterior, while frequently referring to the antics of his mentor Bronco Bill. Cumberbatch shines in this ferocious performance as a cowboy to the core, whose hurtful, macho quips toward Peter and his mother hint at a simmering menace and a capacity for erratic cruelty and violence; a kind of camouflage that only serves to repress deep-seated trauma and latent desire.\r\n\r\nProving once again that she is one of today\u2019s greatest filmmakers, Campion delivers a fascinating study of masculinity and internal torment, subverting the codes of the western \u2014 and of the male gaze \u2014 in a universe that is always shifting in tone, rendered with stunning cinematography by Ari Wegner, a disorienting score by Jonny Greenwood, and a terrific ensemble cast.\r\n\r\nDIANA SANCHEZ\r\n\r\nNominee, 2022 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Directing (Jane Campion), Writing \u2013 Adapted Screenplay (Jane Campion), Actor in a Leading Role (Benedict Cumberbatch), Actor in a Supporting Role (Jesse Plemons), Actor in a Supporting Role (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Actress in a Supporting Role (Kirsten Dunst), Cinematography, Film Editing, Music \u2013 Original Score, Production Design, Sound\r\n\r\nOfficial Selection, 2021 Toronto International Film Festival\r\n\r\nContent advisory: homophobic language, sexually suggestive scenes, nudity", "image": "\/\/\/22n7d68fswlw\/6dP06njoNDUFP8TWMROOL5\/2f918b915140dc4d2d39ec466512d609\/powerofthedog_02.jpg", "director": [ "@type": "Person", "name": "Jane Campion" ], "performer": [ "@type": "Person", "name": "Benedict Cumberbatch" , "@type": "Person", "name": "Kirsten Dunst" , "@type": "Person", "name": "Jesse Plemons" , "@type": "Person", "name": "Kodi Smit-McPhee" , "@type": "Person", "name": "Thomasin McKenzie" , "@type": "Person", "name": "Genevieve Lemon" , "@type": "Person", "name": "Keith Carradine" , "@type": "Person", "name": "Frances Conroy" ], "location": [ "name": "TIFF Bell Lightbox", "address": "addressLocality": "Toronto", "addressRegion": "ON" ], "startDate": "2022-03-15T19:30", "endDate": "2022-03-15T22:09", "organizer": "@type": "Organization", "name": "TIFF", "url": "https:\/\/\/" } TIFF Homepage Transform the way people see the world through film. TIFF Twitter link TIFF Facebook link TIFF Instagram link TIFF Youtube link Subscribe to TIFF Organization Film Circuit

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Campion approaches the material with an eye to the disquieting nature of the tale, steeped in place and identity. Only George seems content with his position in life, at least once he has a wife: he can be the well-dressed man, running the ranch without needing to get his hands dirty, with a pretty wife (whom he does love, at least, though he needs to work on his communication skills) and an eye to gaining some small local power. Rose might have been poor, but at least she knew how to find her way when she had her own business. Phil remains a mystery even to himself; his decision to return to this ranching life, to take it to an extreme in his demeanor, seems odd, until his true longings are dropped in small hints that loom large to certain eyes. 041b061a72

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