Terry Hunter reviews THE DIG

A new Netflix movie called THE DIG is based on the the true story of how two amateur archeologists in England discovered the grave site of a 7th century Anglo Saxon ruler. Two time Oscar nominated actor, Ralph Fiennes, and one time Oscar nominated actress, Carey Mulligan, are the stars of this sweet, sad, unconventional drama about a wealthy English woman (Mulligan) who hires an excavator (Fiennes) to dig up some mysterious mounds of dirt on her vast estate. His character, Basil Brown, is a man with no formal education who knows more than most archeologists. Mulligan is excellent as the soulful Edith Pretty, the aristocratic widow who hires him. And Fiennes gives a bravura performance as polite, self-deprecating man who uncovers the 86 foot long imprint of a 7th century burial ship. The cinematography of THE DIG is lovely, the musical score lyrical, and the editing creative. The unhurried pace works beautifully in this sensitive, elegant film.

Terry Hunter reviews THE DIG