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Serena

  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Susanne Bier
  • 105 mins
  • 15

Summary

A couple move to North Carolina during the Great Depression to set up a logging empire. While their business proves successful, various revelations create tension between them and ruthless ambition drives both to violent and destructive ends. Period drama based on the novel by Ron Rash, starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Rhys Ifans.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Following Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence reunited for this Depression-era drama directed by Susanne Bier (Brothers) and based on Ron Rash's novel. After a whirlwind courtship, Lawrence joins husband Cooper in North Carolina and becomes a driving force in his timber business. But a child he has had with an employee haunts their relationship. Bier hastens through the first act and, sadly, the whole story feels abbreviated. Lawrence is sensationally attired throughout and has an eventful arc, but Sean Harris, Rhys Ifans and Toby Jones are squandered in roles that do little more than advance the plot. There's pulse-racing peril at the close and a visual lustre that sees autumn become winter and love turn cold. Elegant but underdeveloped, Serena feels like the bare bones of a magnificent tragedy. Still, there are enough flashes of the film it might have been to make it worth watching.

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Credits

Cast

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Serena PembertonJennifer Lawrence (2)
George PembertonBradley Cooper
GallowayRhys Ifans
Sheriff McDowellToby Jones
CampbellSean Harris
BuchananDavid Dencik
VaughnSam Reid
AgathaCharity Wakefield
LowensteinBlake Ritson
LedbetterNed Dennehy

Crew

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DirectorSusanne Bier

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2014-10-24
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, sex scenes.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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