The Claim

The Claim
  • 2001
  • UK
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
  • Written by: Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay), Based on the novel The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  • Cast: Peter Mullan, Milla Jovovich, Wes Bentley, Nastassja Kinski, Sarah Polley, Julian Richings

The prolific Michael Winterbottom's ('Welcome To Sarajvo', 'Wonderland') most ambitious directorial venture to date is a post-gold rush drama, which is loosely inspired by Thomas Hardy's 'The Mayor Of Casterbridge'. The principal setting is the mining community of Kingdom Come, a remote output effectively owned and run by Irish immigrant Dillon (Mullan), who harbours the guiltiest of secrets concerning his wife Elena (Nastassja Kinski) and daughter Hope (Polley). Anchored by Mullan's typically powerful central performance, this relentlessly sombre tale follows proudly in the tradition of revisionist westerns like Robert Altman's 'McCabe And Mrs Miller'.

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