A Field in England, surreal drama, not rated, Jean Cocteau Cinema, 3 chiles
There’s a warning at the beginning of A Field in England, director Ben Wheatley’s strange film set during the English Civil War of the 17th century. But it’s not the one you’d expect. Incidences of violence (a man being run through with a spear, others dispatched by point-blank musket fire) are certainly horrific, as is some of the nonmurderous cruelty. But the warning that precedes this black-and-white film — “This film contains flashing images and stroboscopic sequences” — is something else again, meant to prepare viewers for something vastly different from the usual costume drama. Well before those mind-bending images appear, a collage of weird behavior, shadowy symbolism, and a resurrection or two make the warning seem unnecessary — except, perhaps, for those with a history of seizures.
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