A country lawyer captures and brings home a feral woman for the whole family to enjoy hijinks, share anecdotes, and trade commodities with. Chris Gleek is the good old fashioned patriarch of the five strong Gleek family.Chris prides himself on setting a committed example for his tween son Brian. The passions of Chris’s character begin with casual spousal abuse and veer off into a form of sadistic perversion that probably doesn’t have it’s own official classification…yet.
The Woman starts off weird and then gets weirder, and after that the weird gets weird. Between the shocking context and the pacing of the story, nothing that happens feels forced or out of place. Director Lucky McKee has some very curious work listed on his resume. This being his fourth feature film it will be interesting to see whether this one represents a peak or a valley. There is a less is more cinematic approach here that really helps keep you in the film. Lucky does not get in his own way of the presentation, but he also doesn’t make everything too subtle for the story’s own good.
Pollyanna McIntosh plays The Woman in the thankless performance of a lifetime. There’s a whole lotta yuck going on here and I can’t imagine she ever had a pleasant day at work. The rest of the players in the cast are pretty solid. You may recognize some from prior movies and tv shows, while others you’re likely going to become familiar with soon enough.
The oddball, dark, atmospheric, and somewhat rockabilly score by Sean Spillane helps to mold the tone of the movie. Alex Vendler’s cinematography captures everything the country has has to offer, and Jack Ketchum’s screenplay offers at least a couple of quotes to share with your most disturbed friends.
I’m especially impressed by the youtube comments for the trailer, anything this hated really ought to be admired. All in all, The Woman is a rich, luxurious, Donnie Darko inspired basket of goodness.