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02nd Aug 2023

Irish viewers will soon no longer be able to watch one of Netflix’s best original movies on the service

Stephen Porzio

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The Oscar-winning movie is leaving the streamer in just a few days.

The Power of the Dog, one of the best Netflix original movies to date, will be leaving the streaming service later in the month.

Written and directed by two-time Oscar-winner Jane Campion (The Piano) and adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Savage, the revisionist Western is set in 1920s Montana.

It follows a cruel and tough rancher named Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) who clashes with Rose Gordon (Kirsten Dunst), the new wife of his brother George (Jesse Plemons).

That said, while Phil endeavours to make Rose’s life difficult, he begins to grow close with Rose’s son, Peter (Kodi Smit-Phee), from a former marriage.

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Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog was acclaimed by critics, earning an 94% Rotten Tomatoes score. It was also nominated for 11 Oscars, winning Best Director for Campion.

However, despite being marketed as a Netflix original, the film will be leaving the streaming service in Ireland and the UK in just over two weeks.

As to the reasons for this, Digital Spy understands that The Power of the Dog’s original distribution deal for the UK and Ireland included a one-year exclusive window for the BBC, who helped produce the movie.

The website states that when that year has passed, the film will return to Irish and UK Netflix.

For those who would like to watch the Western before it leaves the streaming service this month, their last day to do so is 18 August.

You can watch the trailer for The Power of the Dog right here:

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