A triumphant epic of survival and a tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a hell on earth. Our heroine is Liz, carved from the beautiful wilderness, full of heart and grit, hunted by a vengeful Preacher - a diabolical zealot and her twisted nemesis. But Liz is a genuine survivor; she's no victim - a woman of fearsome strength who responds with astonishing bravery to claim the better life she and her daughter deserve. Retribution is coming.
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The director said he didn't worry about what the censors would say.
I think this is a film like no other film at 2016 Tiff that merited censorship. If me and the other viewers should feel lucky about seeing an uncensored directors cut, I don't think we do. I don't.
This has unparalleled scenes with violence toward children. Even violence to other characters in-front of children. I think children should be shielded from violence.
I think that some of the worst violent offenders are exposed to violence at a young age and that they become indifferent to it. I don't understand what the director was thinking. He's dutch and after seeing this film thoughts of the danish writer and director Lars von Trier came to mind who is also quite well known for graphic depictions of violence.
I think that the director has a few different messages expressed in this film about 18th century religion, witchcraft and that period in new England history, but all is all overshadowed by the degree of violence and even some graphic gore.
I think our young heroine took on this project to make a departure from adolescent roles. She's done so in a big way - shes a little girl no longer after this film.