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857 Ratings

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

Directed by Josephine Decker
United States, 2014
Comedy, Romance, Thriller
  • English
  • English


Akin has taken a summer job on Jeremiah’s farm and develops an attraction to Jeremiah’s daughter, Sarah. The budding relationship unveils Jeremiah’s jealousy. But Akin has secrets too, and as they begin to surface, his attempts to cover them up lead to a twisty, mesmerizing finale.

Our take

A true auteur on the U.S. indie scene, Josephine Decker’s second feature (which was funded partly on Kickstarter!) unfolds like an atmospheric and erotic dream. Decker reworks the psychodrama of Bergman and the impressionism of Malick into an utterly unique, intensely primal experiment.

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely Directed by Josephine Decker
Sunlight has never looked so perversely beautiful as it does streaming through the gooey blood of a freshly decapitated frog, and even odd inserts like Traub hoisting up tools in a POV shot that sees her lift her skinny fists like antennas to heaven take on a sensual charge.
June 05, 2015
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Desire and claustrophobia lead to an erotic and shockingly terrifying turn. Decker leads the viewer down dead ends and misdirections so the actualization of the conclusion feels unexpected and devastating.
November 05, 2014
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Like most classic stories, this one is simple, but its realization is so surprising in its details, so original in its visual invention, as to make most other movies seem (at least temporarily) shot by the numbers… Working with her actors, Decker doesn’t seem to observe behavior but to invent it: the characters bring a glint of whimsy, a lilt of pain, and an undertone of seething erotic power to the seemingly most ordinary activities.
February 13, 2014
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