Imagine my surprise to be in St. Petersburg and see a Benedict Cumberbatch movie about which I knew nothing.
I discovered that Cumberbatch, now headed for an Oscar nomination in “The Imitation Game,” starred in “Wreckers.” The British independent film directed by first-time Director D. R. Hood premiered in the UK in 2011 after the star’s first season playing the title role in “Sherlock” and around the time of stand-out supporting roles in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “War Horse.” Following its British release in 2011, in Japan in 2014 and on television in the Netherlands in 2012. the film never made it to the United States.
In the intimate drama that The Guardian called a “sure-footed debut,” Cumberbatch plays David, a teacher who moves from London with his beautiful young wife Dawn (Claire Foy) to the rural village where he grew up with his young brother, Nick (“Endeavour”‘s Shaun Evans). Bliss ensues — chickens are raised, eggs harvested, old farmhouse rehabbed — until Nick shows up unexpectedly. The Afghan vet has a full duffel bag of difficulties from sleepwalking to PTSD, not to mention a bundle of family secrets that David has neglected to tell his bride. Nick’s presence starts roiling up the family mud beneath the deceptively bucolic surface of village life.
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