The Intended (2004)

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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 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.

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Critic Reviews for The Intended

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (13)

Too dank and familiar an expedition.

Jul 9, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

A story bent on melodrama and borderline sadism.

Jul 2, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 2, 2004 | Rating: C
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.

Jul 2, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Fans of Jungle Gothics would do better to let this one slip back into the underbrush.

Jul 1, 2004

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.

Jun 29, 2004 | Full Review…
Variety
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