14-year-old May is to be the third wife of a rich landowner. If she has a son, her status in the family will increase. Her willfulness and passion make it difficult to adapt to the system she is a part of, and May soon realizes that freedom comes at the expense of security. Director Ash Mayfair draws us into a visually beautiful and fascinating world that highlights themes like oppression and women’s limited choices.
Director Ash Mayfair draws us into a visually beautiful and fascinating world. The depiction of this 1800s society is so delicate that it’s a pleasure just to enjoy the movie even without fully taking in the serious backdrop. It’s an effective use of contrast that bear witness to a director with visions. The Third Wife is an exquisite and delicate debut by Mayfair who has won several awards, both for her artistic contribution to the movie and her meticulous directing style.