Set on an isolated farm in Shropshire in 1657.
The story of Fanny Lye, a woman who learns to transcend her oppressive marriage and discover a new world of possibility – albeit at great personal cost.
Living a life of Puritan stricture with husband John and young son Arthur, Fanny Lye’s world is shaken to its core by the unexpected arrival of two strangers in need, a young couple closely pursued by a ruthless sheriff and his deputy.
The film’s unusual blend of genre conventions can be a little disorienting, but the film is so careful and considered, its blend of modern ideas and historical detail so unexpected and exciting, that it’s hard not to walk away feeling exhilarated.
A tightly controlled period set thriller, bound together by an excellent performance from Maxine Peake.