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This Blessed Plot

This Blessed Plot

Marc Isaacs
United Kingdom
2023
75 min
Dutch Premiere
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Synopsis

In This Blessed Plot, which takes its title from John of Gaunt’s deathbed speech singing the praises of England in Shakespeare’s Richard II, director Marc Isaacs examines the social and cultural fabric of the United Kingdom, the subject of all his films. This time he creates an eccentric mix of documentary and fiction in Essex.

Lori, a Chinese filmmaker, visits the historic village of Thaxted, where Pier Paolo Pasolini filmed part of the Middle English epic The Canterbury Tales. Looking for a subject for a film, Lori hears stories of ghosts from the past, including one about the 20th-century socialist vicar Conrad Noel. She is curious about how his socialism differs from the Chinese version, and has conversations with his spirit in the afterlife.

Lori meets some remarkable locals, who talk to her about love, parting, grief and loss. Gradually she becomes involved in a plot between villagers Keith, Sue, Maggie, Norman and ”Uncle,” which is at times farcical, and at others dramatic, and she is introduced to English folklore and spirituality.

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Credits
75 min
color / black and white
DCP
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Marc Isaacs
    Marc Isaacs
Production
    Marc Isaacs,
    Lydia Kivinen
    Marc Isaacs,
    Lydia Kivinen
Cinematography
    Marc Isaacs
    Marc Isaacs
Editing
    Marc Isaacs,
    David Charap
    Marc Isaacs,
    David Charap
Sound
    Sarah González Centeno
    Sarah González Centeno
Screenplay
    Adam Ganz
    Adam Ganz
World Sales
    Andana Films
    Andana Films
Screening copy
    Andana Films
    Andana Films

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