This was part of my Michael Fassbender Project, the goal of which is to watch every movie with My Hollywood Boyfriend in it that I possibly can. Unfortunately, he plays a very… “edgy” character, for lack of a better word. Edgy, because he hovers (masterfully) on that line between likable and creepy. At a certain point I thought, “Ah well, I guess Michael can’t be charming and wonderful in every role,” and then I realized, “Wait, when is he EVER charming and wonderful??!” (Seriously, even in Jane Eyre, Rochester is a douche for most of the story.)
Fassbender and the movie’s heroine (played by an unknown who, to my knowledge, has no plans to act again) are both strong leads in this quiet, powerful story. It’s not a feel-good, so it’s hard to be like, “Oh I loved this!” But the movie is well-made, well-written, and packs quite a punch.
Of note: The horse and its symbolism. Also: The scene with Mia and Keira, which had my stomach in knots from dread.