The Cold Lands trailer: guess MaryAnn’s reaction to this!

Go on, guess. What went through my mind when I watched this? Was it:

A) Oh. *groan* Another teenaged boy’s coming-of-age story.
B) Oh, cool, Lili Taylor! Oh, wait: looks like she dies in the first act.
C) Oh, great. Teen boy connects with older man, so that no male perspective is missed.
D) All of the above.


Looks like this trailer picked the wrong week to cross my path.

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Thu, Mar 06, 2014 3:37pm

Um, my thoughts were more along the lines of “adult male kidnaps teenage boy, and this is a good thing?”

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Jurgan
Thu, Mar 06, 2014 5:28pm

No, no! He’s a mentor, a father figure. Not a kidnapper. It’s touching!

reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Fri, Mar 07, 2014 1:40am


So he’s a paedophile, then? In post-Yewtree Britain that’s even worse than being the violent criminal he obviously is.

But limp humour aside, I am completely with you. The 100% male perspective sits atop ‘beautifully-shot’ scenes accompanied by ‘haunting guitar’ and I find it utterly devoid of resonance.

I mean, to back your point up: I’m male and I’m bored witless with the male perspective thing, so I can fully understand how frustrating it must be for you.

Sat, Mar 08, 2014 4:49pm

And even without the male emphasis, haven’t we seen this story before?

(I admit, I use a short cast list as a guide to whether I’m likely to enjoy a film. If there aren’t any women among the first three cast members, chances are I won’t. The only exception is classic war films, where if there’s a woman in a prominent role the story’s usually been forced to fit her in.)