Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog ending explored

Mafalda Costa September 3, 2021
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It’s been 28 years since the release of Jane Campion’s Palme d’Or – and Oscar – winning masterpiece, The Piano, but you can hear its echoes ringing through her new film. Read on for The Power Of The Dog ending explored.

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Jane Campion’s triumphant return

It’s been 28 years since the release of Jane Campion’s Palme d’Or – and Oscar – winning masterpiece, The Piano, but you can hear its echoes ringing through her new film.

The Power Of The Dog is set for its premiere on 17 November 2021.

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The upcoming movie has already garnered a 5-star review from critics, who have called The Power Of The Dog: “Campion’s most thoroughly conceived, consistently involving drama for years.”

The Power of the Dog is an adaptation of Thomas Savage’s acclaimed 1967 novel of the same name.

According to Vulture, Campion trains her lens on the American West (1925 Montana, to be exact), and the results are as majestic and unnerving as you’d imagine.

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The upcoming film has just premiered at Venice and will do the rounds of the fall festivals before premiering theatrically in November and on Netflix on 1 December.

The Power Of The Dog: ending explored

The Power Of The Dog follows rancher brothers Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George (Jesse Plemons) as they bring their herd through the small town of Beech.

During the brothers’ overnight stay at an inn, they meet overworked widow Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and her son, Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a gawky, sensitive teen devoted to his mother.

The tense, quiet George takes a liking to Rose, while the crude, loud Phil picks on the earnest, awkward Peter, much to the amusement of his fellow cowboys. 

Once George and Rose are married, she comes to live with the two brothers on their ranch, and Phil continues to terrorize both mother and son.

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Little by little, we realize Phil has embraced the role of a rugged cowboy because of a need to belong to something.

As for Peter, the teen is faithful to his nature at all times – and Phil sees that as a direct threat to who he wants to be.

According to Richmond Bookclub, Phill decides to set out to alienate Peter from his mother and starts to draw him into his own exaggeratedly masculine world.

And when Phil falls sick Peter uses his own weapons to save his mother.

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The villain dies a horrible death, a victim of his own hubris and, unknowingly, at the hands of a superior foe.

Twitter reacts to The Power Of The Dog

The Power Of The Dog is lining up to become one of 2021’s most memorable feature films.

Many have taken to Twitter in awe with the movie and actors’ performances.

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Mafalda Costa is a second year BA Journalism student originally from Portugal. Her main passions if life are music, arts and culture, while she's particularly knowledgable on cinema and anime.