*** Dallas VideoFest Winner 2014: Best Narrative Feature ***
*** Sarasota Film Festival 2014 Winner: Independent Visions Grand Prize & Tangerine Entertainment’s Juice Award ***
*** Flyway Film Festival 2014: Breakout Filmmaker ***
*** Indie Memphis Film Festival 2014: Craig Brewer Emerging Filmmaker Award ***
*** Hong Kong International Film Festival Nominee 2014: FIPRESCI prize ***
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely is "one of the strongest, most striking American Gothic works of recent memory"
Sound on Sight
"the Steinbeck-inspired milieu is viscerally manipulated into a menacing pressure-cooker that ends vividly and ferociously for some of the players— including one innocent frog. Even if Terrence Malick’s naturalistic rural cinematics dripped with as many feral pleasures and mischievous surprises, it’s doubtful they’d ever be otherworldly enough to embrace the time-panning POV of a wandering cow"
The White Witch’s Rabid Wolverines
"With incisively observed action, quietly cruel dialogue, and a flood of hallucinatory images...even the sinewy livestock seem to shudder with reckless passion"
The New Yorker
Delusions and Grandeur
"Decker throws herself into the urgency, the infinite promise, and the danger of the cinema—and she seems to live, and to thrive, on the edge of that danger."
The New Yorker
A Star is Born
"Like most classic stories, this one is simple, but its realisation is so surprising in its details, so original in its visual invention, as to make most other movies seem shot by the numbers."
The New Yorker
Pay Attention to Josephine Decker
"Thou Wast Mild and Lovely...suggest[s] the unholy marriage of Ingmar Bergman and David Lynch"
"The talk of the Berlin International Film Festival… with tense eroticism and experimental, largely free-form filmmaking"
Bitch Magazine - Filmmaker Josephine Decker Discusses Darkness, Sexuality, and the Problem with Wes Anderson
The Village Voice - The Cow POV Shots Aren't the Only Great Thing in Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
Filmmaker Magazine - 2014 Sarasota Film Festival Award Winners *** Winner 2014: Independent Visions Grand Prize ***
Indiewire - Thou Wast Mild and Lovely among Top Sarasota Film Festival Winners *** Winner 2014: Tangerine Entertainment’s Juice Award ***
"keeps you guessing whether the film will erupt into some kind of fantastic eroticism or a violent bloodbath, or something weirder involving animals… or a combination of all three"
Cult Montreal - Today at Fantasia
"a dream-like exploration of sexuality and tragedy"
"Decker plunges us into the inner worlds of her characters, unveiling the complexity of their entanglements without having to spell anything out"
Montreal Gazette - Thou Wast Mild and Lovely is not what you're expecting
"Rarely has desire been represented on screen with such eloquence and creativity."
Montreal Gazette - Fantasia programmers pick their must-see movies
"a sweet dream that is destined to turn into a night terror you can’t shake out of."
Cinecola - Thou Wast Mild and Lovely Review
"turns conventional narrative wisdom upside down, much like the work of lyricism-prone contemporaries Shane Carruth, Leos Carax and Terrence Malick...By turns nightmarish, titillating and dreamlike, Thou Wast is one hell of an experiential enigma"
Exclaim! - Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
"one of the biggest joys of the festival was the discovery of Josephine Decker"
Still in Berlin - Discover This
Josephine Decker's films were "commendable for their brazenly surreal approach"
The Skinny - Berlinale Review
"sure to haunt many"
Smells Like Screen Spirit - Thou Wast Mild and Lovely Review
"As the characters writhe together in dust, the cows look on, like silent observers of an ancient transgressive ritual"
Indiewire - Sexual Depravity Takes on Nightmarish Proportions in Josephine Decker's Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
"one of the film's great pleasures is seeing how its constantly uneasy tone evolves and pays off"
24FPS - London Film Fest 2014
“Decker's intimate approach has an immersive effect and the woozy, elliptical visuals give an impression of both romantic intoxication and things spiralling out of control. Thou Wast Mild and Lovely is as horrible as it is beautiful and that's just grand.”
The Arts Desk - LFF 2014: Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
"Through frenetic editing and a discordant string-based score (by Molly Herron and Jeff Young), Decker constantly distorts, disorients and transforms her quiet country idyll into a landscape of longing and loss occasionally punctuated by behaviour most bestial. Thou Wast Mild And Lovely is a true one-off, carrying both secrets and great tension in its shimmering shoulders."
Grolsch Filmworks - LFF 2014: THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY
Filmmaker Magazine - Trailer Watch: Josephine Decker's Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
Indiewire - LFF Women Directors: Josephine Decker - 'Butter on the Latch' & 'Thou Wast Mild and Lovely'
Mild Concern - BFI London Film Festival 2014 Line-up
Indiewire - Cinelicious Pics Acquires Two Raunchy Josephine Decker Films
Dazed - The women taking over BFI London Film Festival
Little White Lies UK - London Film Festival 2014: 20 Films We Want to See
Huffington Post - Clooneymania to Nymphomania Climaxing in a Double Decker Zeitgeist.
Brooklyn Magazine - The Most Promising Young Filmmakers in Brooklyn
The Wall Street Journal - Going Beyond Brooklyn's Hipness With Bold Debuts
Hyperallergic - Debuts Distinguish BAMcinemaFest 2014
BlackBook - 20 Films to See This Week
Interview - Josephine Decker über "Butter on the Latch" und "Thou Wast Mild and Lovely" (Ger)
MSN Unterhaltung - Interview with Josephine (Ger)
Coming Soon - Berlinale Review (It)
Berlin Film Journal - In conversation with Josephine
Variety - Teasers for Josephine’s Berlinale films
RadioEins - Interview
Svoboda - Berlinale Review (Rus)
Indiewire - Berlinale Breakout
British Film Institute - Berlinale Preview
Filmmaker Magazine - Interview with Josephine
Indiewire - Berlin 2014: 10 Films Indiewire wants to See
Bullett Media - 10 Films We’re Excited About at the 2014 Berlinale
Indiewire - Berlinale poster exclusive
Filmmaker Magazine - 25 New Faces of Independent Film