Florence Pugh in a scene from "Lady Macbeth."
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"Unsex me here" was Lady Macbeth's plea to the spirits for manly ferocity in Shakespeare's tragedy. In "Lady Macbeth," William Oldroyd's austere but thick-blooded drama about a young, 19th-century woman's unrepentant rebellion, the protagonist of has no designs to shed or subdue her already perfectly potent femininity. Having been sold in marriage for some land to a wretched and arid family in rural northern England, Katherine (Florence Pugh) finds herself effectively imprisoned in a drab and creaky house surrounded by foggy, desolate plains. Katherine pays these suggestions and others no heed. Miserly Boris presides over the estate, ordering Katherine to see to her wifely duties with "more vigor".
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