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Take No Man’s Censure

Ophelia gives Shakespeare’s classic a feminist spin.
Daisy Ridley, left, and Naomi Watts.

OPHELIA

DIRECTED BY CLAIRE MCCARTHY.

IFC FILMS.

PG-13.

OPHELIA IS THE ultimate female take-back-the-narrative movie. The novelist Lisa Klein and now the screenwriter Semi Chellas and director Claire McCarthy have gotten hold of the character with arguably the least agency of any in classical theater and given her control over her own destiny—to the point where they have to twist the source, Hamlet, into the kinds of knots you’d find in silly heist movies. Ophelia is pretty silly too, but

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