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The Intended (2002)

Cast: Janet McTeer, Janet McTeer, Olympia Dukakis, more...
Director: Kristian Levring, Kristian Levring
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Studio: New Video Group
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Scandinavia, British Drama, Wilderness & Nature, UK
Running Time: 110 min.
Languages: English
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Danish filmmaker Kristian Levring directs the Dogme 95-inspired period drama The Intended, co-written by leading lady Janet McTeer. Shot with digital video, the film takes place in the Malaysia jungle during the 1920s. Fortysomething British woman Sarah (McTeer) travels with her younger fiancé, Hamish Winslow (JJ Feild), to a small community near Borneo. Hamish has been hired to survey the land and map a road for a trading post run by a deeply dysfunctional family. The local ruler is tough matriarch Mrs. Jones (Brenda Fricker), who dominates her son William (Tony Maudsley) and nephew Norton (Philip Jackson). When a climate change causes them to become even more isolated, the family tension takes a dark turn. Also starring Olympia Dukakis. The Intended premiered at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Dark and Humid by talltale January 7, 2005 - 4:51 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
What THE INTENDED has going for it is mostly ambience: dark and dirty, hot and humid Malaysia in the 1920s. It also boasts a good cast (Mc Teer, Fricker, Dukakis and some good, if lesser-known, male actors). What is doesn't have is an interesting story, even though the movie is full of sex, violence (murder by ant--how's THAT for originality!) and a nutty family. The screenplay (co-written by Mc Teer) dawdles unforgivably over one tiresome thing after another (dare you to refrain from the fast-forward button) and, finally, offers up a conclusion of silly clichés. The director, Kristian Levring, is a Dogma-ite; this may explain a few things to a few people. But it didn't help me much.

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