Brimstone 2017 is a western thriller film written and directed by Martin Koolhoven, starring Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Kit Harington, and Carice van Houten. It is an international production, although mostly Dutch. It was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival on September 3, 2016. It premiered in the Netherlands on January 12, 2017, before being released on March 10 in the United States in selected theaters and video on demand.
It received mixed reviews, in contrast to positive reviews in Europe and festivals. In the desert a couple of dead bodies are lying around. It is the aftermath of some violent dispute over stolen gold. Two men are alive, Samuel and Wolf are badly wounded. Young Joanna lives with her mother and father, who is revealed to be The Reverend. They are part of a Dutch community who came over from The Netherlands to establish a purer form of Christianity. Anna does not want to go to bed with her husband which infuriates him. As he is preaching in church, he humiliates her in front of the whole congregation and at night he chastises her with a cat o’ nine tails.
Joanna gets her first period and her father tells her she’s become a woman. Samuel and Wolf arrive at the farm and without telling her parents, she hides the outlaws and takes care of them. The Reverend’s sexual interests are shifting more and more towards his daughter, who is a full grown woman in his eyes. To prove that to God, he allows her to slaughter a pig. When Samuel gets the chance he murders Wolf, and Joanna sees him strangling him. The outlaw explains Wolf would have done it to him, if he hadn’t killed him. He urges Joanna to not be like her mother, who will always turn the other cheek.
|Directed by||Martin Koolhoven|
|Running time||148 minutes|
|Release date||10 March 2017|