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A Field in England

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United Kingdom

2013

1h 30m

Director Ben Wheatley

Starring Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope

Genre Drama, History, Horror, Thriller

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During the Civil War in 17th-Century England, a small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by an alchemist, who forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure nearby. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of paranoia, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold...

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75

Slant Magazine by

Ben Wheatley's film is a reckless combination of period piece, war drama, broad comedy, psychedelic fever dream, and occult horror-scape.
90

Village Voice by Alan Scherstuhl

It's sweaty, disorienting, thrilling. Rarely has a narrative feature so marvelously integrated a sequence of experimental filmmaking, and that sequence alone guarantees A Field in England should thrive on the midnight circuit.
83

The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

The film is the most formally experimental, and probably the least approachable, of the director's titles to date. But it's further proof of Wheatley's singular sensibilities as a filmmaker.
80

Empire by Kim Newman

Very physical, with intense performances and half-serious period talk, it’s an impressive, haunting picture — though the sort of thing you have to meet at least halfway to enjoy.
80

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Wheatley's new film is grisly and visceral, an occult, monochrome-psychedelic breakdown taking place somewhere in the West Country during the civil war.
60

Variety by Peter Debruge

Clearly, Wheatley is bored with the paint-by-numbers approach of his horror contemporaries, but has swung so far in the opposite direction here, the result feels almost amateurishly avant garde at times, guilty of the sort of indulgences one barely tolerates in student films.
80

Time Out London by Tom Huddleston

This is a film built on sensation, misdirection and randomness. The result can be maddeningly obtuse, but it’s also breathtakingly lovely and genuinely unsettling.

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