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A Field in England

Drama . History . Thriller . Horror

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 (Michael Smiley), who forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.

Actors: Julian Barratt , Michael Smiley , Reece Shearsmith , Peter Ferdinando , Ryan Pope , Richard Glover
Directors: Ben Wheatley
Country: UK
Release: 2013-07-05
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  • Robbie Collin

    Wheatley’s extraordinary film shakes you back and forth with a rare ferocity, but the net result is stillness.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    On a more fundamental level this hilarious, disgusting, brilliant and circular psychotronic odyssey is a blast from the submerged past. Full Review
  • 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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    In many ways, A Field in England is a funhouse mirror of audience expectations and something of a filmic Rorschach test.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • 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.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Stephen Dalton

    A Field in England is a rich, strange, hauntingly intense work from a highly original writer-director team.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Philip Kemp

    Ben Wheatley’s strangest movie yet: mysticism, mystification and magic mushrooms in a English Civil War setting. Often confusing, occasionally infuriating – but audaciously original.

    Total Film Full Review
  • 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.

    Empire Full Review
  • 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.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • 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.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Over all, A Field in England aims to confound. The filth-encrusted characters aren’t easy to keep apart, and the narrative is too fragmentary and freakish to grasp (the sun turns black, a character vomits rune stones).

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • David Lee Dallas

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

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • William Goss

    I’ve given A Field in England two tries now and each time found it to be occasionally ferocious and funny, severely trippy for stretches and at times outright tedious. With that said, I still can’t wait to see what the man does next. Full Review
  • Andy Webster

    The actors are uniformly impressive, and Mr. Wheatley’s longtime cinematographer, Laurie Rose, shooting in black and white, combines stunning pastoral compositions with bursts of graphic violence punctuated by blazing flintlocks.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    The happenstance plotting and over-reliance on violence as a plot motor dissipate the film's energy by the end.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    Even though the film’s overall impact is blunted by Wheatley’s frequently inscrutable plotting (co-written with Amy Jump), Rose’s images...speak louder than words.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • 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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    It’s the period itself that’s front and center here — not in the usual sense of historical accuracy, but as a sort of theater of the bizarre that allows Wheatley and his wife, screenwriter Amy Jump, to indulge in dementia.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    What he ends up with is a film that boasts undeniably intriguing parts, but that -- unless you've just eaten some magic mushrooms of your own -- just doesn't gel as a whole, unified moviegoing experience.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
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