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The Intended (2004)



Critic Consensus: Predictable and pointless melodrama.

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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 fiancÚ, 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.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Kristian Levring, Janet McTeer
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On DVD: Dec 28, 2004
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Janet McTeer
as Sarah Morris
Brenda Fricker
as Mrs. Jones
Tony Maudsley
as William Jones
J.J. Feild
as Hamish Winslow
David Bradley
as The Priest
Robert Pugh
as Le Blanc
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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (13)

Too dank and familiar an expedition.

Full Review… | July 9, 2004
Denver Post
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A story bent on melodrama and borderline sadism.

Full Review… | July 2, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a moderately creepy, man-beyond- civilization exercise that can't decide whether it's arty or scary, and thus ends up being neither.

July 2, 2004
Detroit News
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We begin hoping the ghost of Tennessee Williams will jump out of the bush and inform these characters that it takes more than wounded people with dark secrets, annoying insects and dripping moisture to make something of a tale like this.

Full Review… | July 2, 2004
Detroit Free Press
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Fans of Jungle Gothics would do better to let this one slip back into the underbrush.

Full Review… | July 1, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
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Few actresses can deliver intensity like McTeer, and it's that distinctive, all-purpose stare coupled with her sheer physicality that once again dominates the story.

Full Review… | June 29, 2004
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