“The Dig,” directed by Simon Stone

Movie, 2021

Account of the excavation the the Sutton Hoo treasure in Suffolk, in 1939 and the relationship between the house owner, the excavator, the archaeologist and their assorted and assembled friends, families and colleagues. This film has a slow pace, initially focussing on the widowed land owner the renegade, deferential excavator, and slowly brings in other characters as interest in the treasure emerges. A good deal of battling against the odds, the elements and the gloomy situation, with relationships between different characters and levels explored. A downbeat defiance and all the more engaging for it, even if, at times, the sentiment is laid on a little richly.

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