Rent Enys Men (2022)

2.9 of 5 from 204 ratings
1h 30min
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Synopsis:
This mindbending folk horror, set in 1973, unfolds atmospherically on an unpopulated island off the Cornish coast. There, a single volunteer (Mary Woodvine) recording data on an unfamiliar flower finds her lonely daily observations turning troublingly towards the strange and metaphysical, forcing her to question what is real and what is nightmare. Is the barren landscape not just alive...but also sentient?
Actors:
, , Flo Crowe, , , Loveday Twomlow, , , Amanda Rawling, Dion Star,
Directors:
Producers:
Denzil Monk
Writers:
Mark Jenkin
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
Drama, Horror, Thrillers
Collections:
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BBFC:
Release Date:
08/05/2023
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.45:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary by director Mark Jenkin and film critic Mark Kermode (2023)
  • Mark Jenkin and Mary Woodvine in conversation with Mark Kermode (2022, 29 mins): the film's director and its star discuss the making of 'Enys Men' in an onstage Q&A filmed at BFI Southbank
  • Film Sounds (2023, 86 mins): Mark Jenkin and filmmaker Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, Flux Gourmet) discuss the subtleties of sound in film
  • Haunters of the Deep (1984, 61 mins): a Children's Film Foundation adventure that shares many West Cornwall locations with 'Enys Men', and made quite an impression on Mark Jenkin
  • Recording the Score (2022, 6 mins): Mark Jenkin at work on the film's distinctive soundtrack
  • Mark Jenkin's audio diaries (2022, 90 mins): the director charts his filmmaking process
  • The Duchy of Cornwall (1938, 15 mins): the strange beauty of Cornwall resonates through this iconic film from the vaults of the BFI National Archive
  • Image gallery
  • Newly created audio description track
  • Theatrical trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/05/2023
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.45:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary by director Mark Jenkin and film critic Mark Kermode (2023)
  • Mark Jenkin and Mary Woodvine in conversation with Mark Kermode (2022, 29 mins): the film's director and its star discuss the making of 'Enys Men' in an onstage Q&A filmed at BFI Southbank
  • Film Sounds (2023, 86 mins): Mark Jenkin and filmmaker Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, Flux Gourmet) discuss the subtleties of sound in film
  • Haunters of the Deep (1984, 61 mins): a Children's Film Foundation adventure that shares many West Cornwall locations with 'Enys Men', and made quite an impression on Mark Jenkin
  • Recording the Score (2022, 6 mins): Mark Jenkin at work on the film's distinctive soundtrack
  • Mark Jenkin's audio diaries (2022, 90 mins): the director charts his filmmaking process
  • The Duchy of Cornwall (1938, 15 mins): the strange beauty of Cornwall resonates through this iconic film from the vaults of the BFI National Archive
  • Image gallery
  • Newly created audio description track
  • Theatrical trailer

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Reviews (4) of Enys Men

Awful - Enys Men review by GBK

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18/06/2023

I have never seen so much dribble in my life, A total waste of time, I did not even understand what the heck was going on, Whatever this was supposed to be about i certainly did not get it

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Director needs some lessons from John Carpenter - Enys Men review by JD

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10/08/2023

Not the worst film I have seen but there is no doubt it’s a load of pretentious rubbish.

It kept us interested in the way you might take interest in a suspicious brown stain on the carpet.

It fails in every way possible as entertainment. And the arty shots of the scenery or close ups of nature serve no purpose (and look awful on the grainy film) How can Sergio Leone or Ridley Scott express a thousand words in a single shot – yet these arty directors manage to convey not a single piece of usefulness in there countless pointless shots?

Im being harsh, as this is indeed complete rubbish. But I get the feeling the idea of a good film lurks under the garbage.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Meditative not Narrative - Enys Men review by RCO

Spoiler Alert
03/07/2023

There is a strong whiff of real Cornwall - the place, not the people - coming from this.

Shot on 16mm with grainy filmstock and some burnt edges, hairs in the gate, and other 'faullts' which somewhat detract from the photography - which if done to modern expectations would have been stunning. There is minimal narrative and dialogue and a languid pace with a soundtrack providing a lurking tension.

It does work, but only just - sometimes almost teetering on the edge of being obscure to a fault, or overladen with presumed meaning that is not evident in the exposition.

We believe it must be significant because we can't see the significance, and if there were none then there would be nothing to it. The film just avoids falling into this void (unlike, say, Tarkovsky's Stalker).

It manages a strong sense of place outside of time, with the character and the ghosts of the past (her past, or her heritage) coexisting in the same reality. Defying categorisation - not really drama, or thriller, or horror, or nature film, or psycho-thriller - it stands on its own. You might get something worthwhile out of it if you approach it with an open mind. If you've seen the trailer or are choosing by genre then you'll probably be disappointed.

As a bonus the DVD also contains the 1984 CFTC film "Haunters of the Deep" which inspired Mark Jenkin (the director of Enys Men). A simple story for children and adults it also has a strong sense of Cornwall (circa 1980 and before) and tin mining set a a dramatic narrative. Well worth watching after Enys Men, if you felt you didn't quite 'get' Enys Men this might help.

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