Firebrand

Nominee
Palme d’Or
Cannes Film Festival
FOUR STARS: Jude Law is scarily good as a murderous Henry VIII.

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Firebrand

In blood-soaked Tudor England, twice-married, accomplished, and educated Katherine Parr (Alicia Vikander), reluctantly agrees to become the sixth wife of the tyrannical King Henry VIII (Jude Law). Her consent to marry him carries great personal risk, given that her predecessors are either vanquished, beheaded, or dead. When Henry appoints her as Regent, the nation’s ruler during his absence when he departs to fight overseas, he lays a dangerous path for her. Henry’s courtiers, suspecting she’s sympathetic to radical Protestant beliefs that have taken root in the kingdom and are a threat to their power, scheme against her and cast doubts upon her fidelity to the increasingly ailing and paranoid King. Once Henry returns to England, his courtiers convince him to turn his fury on the nation’s radicals, including Katherine’s childhood friend Anne Askew, who becomes one of the scores of people convicted of treason and burned at the stake. Horrified and privately grieving, Katherine finds herself under ever-increasing scrutiny and suspicion. Knowing that even a whisper of scandal might lead to her downfall, Katherine must unleash her own scheme to fight for survival.
R
Genre
Drama, Women and Film
Runtime
120
Language
English
Director
Karim Ainouz
Writer(s)
Henrietta Ashworth, Jessica Ashworth, Elizabeth Fremantle
Cast
Alicia Vikander, Jude Law, Eddie Marsan, Simon Russell Beale, Sam Riley, Erin Doherty
Awards:
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival

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