The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

The Power of the Dog

Acclaimed writer/director Jane Campion returns with her first new film in twelve years with The Power of the Dog, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst.

Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Savage, the film tracks a man named Phil (Cumberbatch), who is the hard-drinking brother of a ranch-hand named George (Jesse Plemons), both working in a desolate Montana in the early 20th century. After George proposes to a widowed proprietor named Rose (Kirsten Dunst), tension begins to stem from Phil’s fear of her interference with his fraternal bond. Regardless, a slow-burning conflict continues to swell as the reasoning for Phil’s distrust suddenly becomes shockingly clear.

Ripe with intensity and an effectively dissonant score from Jonny Greenwood, The Power of the Dog is an atmospherically rich and stomach-churning tale of American psychodrama.


“Upending the rawhide masculinity of turn-of-the-century Montana, The Power of the Dog’s seeping venom sneaks up on you in an arresting slow burn.” – Jeffrey Zhang, Strange Harbors
“This really isn’t one that’s going to give people the warm fuzzies on a cold winter’s night, but as a revenge story, it simply couldn’t be more satisfying. Again and again Campion shows us how lucky we are to have her.” – Rich Juzwiak, The Muse/Jezebel
“Campion’s modern Western presses against a razor-thin membrane between gentleness and cruelty, acting both as a searing exploration and a gorgeous tapestry of the little, secret moments that make up a person.” – Siddhant Adlakha, Observer