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First Trailer and Poster for Jane Campion’s THE POWER OF THE DOG

The Power of the Dog
Campion's latest is in cinemas and on Netflix in December.

Adapted from the novel by Thomas Savage, Jane Campion's 1925 set drama The Power of the Dog stars Benedict Cumberbatch as a rancher who reacts with cruelty when his brother (Jesse Plemons) returns home with a new wife (Kirsten Dunst).

The Power of the Dog is in UK cinemas and on Netflix from December 1st.

Check out the first trailer and poster below.

The official synopsis reads:

Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally beguiling. All of Phil’s romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land: He can castrate a bull calf with two swift slashes of his knife; he swims naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as his hides.

The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose, the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, revelling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter – all except his brother George, who comforts Rose then returns to marry her.

As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form – he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil’s cowhand disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace?

The Power of the Dog poster