Hidden Gem: In a Savage Land

Martin Donovan and Maya Stange star as a married anthropologist-couple who journey to Papua New Guinea for field research in pre-World War II.

The couple’s ideal working conditions become frustrating when a culture clash happens in the world around them and in their inevitably dissolving marriage. Rufus Sewell (“Dark City”) co-stars.

I found this film by utter accident. But the powerful performance of Maya Stange and the film’s whole concept left me engrossed. The film stars off like throwing a rock into a pond.

The rock is the couple’s marriage when they land in New Guinea. As the film meticulously moves forward we watch not only the marriage splinter but the war comes calling.

In every aspect this film is Stange’s and she is utterly brilliant as this strong woman who has to defy the odds to finish her dissertation. It’s been a long time since I have seen a woman written this strong and engaging. It is a brilliant performance.

(4 out of 5)

So Says the Soothsayer.

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