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Danish filmmaker Kristian Levring directs the Dogme 95-inspired period drama The Intended, co-written by leading lady Janet McTeer. Shot with digital video, the film takes place in the Malaysia jungle during the 1920s. Fortysomething British woman Sarah (McTeer) travels with her younger fiancÚ, Hamish Winslow (JJ Feild), to a small community near Borneo. Hamish has been hired to survey the land and map a road for a trading post run by a deeply dysfunctional family. The local ruler is tough matriarch Mrs. Jones (Brenda Fricker), who dominates her son William (Tony Maudsley) and nephew Norton… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"Too dank and familiar an expedition."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"We begin hoping the ghost of Tennessee Williams will jump out of the bush and inform these characters that it takes more than wounded people with dark secrets, annoying insects and dripping moisture to make something of a tale like this."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Shrewd and astute, this is a film with a power that sneaks up on you and lingers long after it's over in a way you can't easily shake."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The pace is stultifying, and even though the ensemble looks realistically stinky and sweaty, the stately progression of events mirrors far too well the torpor of the tropics."
‑ Karen Karbo, Oregonian
"Although phenomenally well-acted, the film's leisurely pace ultimately makes it feel as oppressive as the tropical heat and humidity that gradually turn the characters into slow-moving heaps of damp, dirty rags."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A story bent on melodrama and borderline sadism."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"Fans of Jungle Gothics would do better to let this one slip back into the underbrush."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"introspectively good"
‑ Christopher Null,
"An irritating bit of jungle gothic gone bad."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"A stunning achievement, an emotionally charged period drama that unfolds with the tragic inevitability of a Joseph Conrad novella."
‑ Timothy Knight,
"It's a moderately creepy, man-beyond- civilization exercise that can't decide whether it's arty or scary, and thus ends up being neither."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Few actresses can deliver intensity like McTeer, and it's that distinctive, all-purpose stare coupled with her sheer physicality that once again dominates the story."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Tropical tripe."
‑ Harry Haun, Film Journal International
"Levring and an excellent cast are lost in the shadow of Conrad and other masters, and their sex-money theme requires a genius of hopelessness like Erich von Stroheim."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Aided by a terrific cast, this flick effectively conveys a gloomy, claustrophobic sense of doom."
‑ , E! Online
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