BRIMSTONE is a western thriller film written and directed by Dutch filmmaker Martin Koolhoven (Winter in Wartime), starring Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Carice van Houten and Kit Harington. It was premiered in the Main Competition category at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, and was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Liz (Fanning) is a mute young woman who lives together with her husband and two children. She is a midwife and communicates through sign language, sometimes assisted by her daughter. Her relationship with her 14 year old son could be better, but otherwise Liz’s life seems pretty good. When the new reverend (Pearce) climbs the pulpit in church, Liz freezes. She immediately knows she and her family are in danger. In four chapters we see not only how the reverend tries to take everything Liz loves away from her, but also how her life has unfolded in the past.