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Netflix fans question why 'weird' Natalie Portman film has dropped in US but not UK

Netflix fans question why 'weird' Natalie Portman film has dropped in US but not UK

Star Wars actor Natalie Portman and Riverdale's Charles Melton star in this 'unsettling' new movie

Cinephiles in the UK have been left bamboozled after a new Netflix film has aired in the United States - but failed to drop in Britain.

Fan-favourite director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Velvet Goldmine) is back in action and this time he’s retelling an unsettling, real-life story.

UK film buffs are feeling confused.
Netflix

The film in question stars Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Will Ferrell and former Riverdale actor Charles Melton - and it’s already claimed a plethora of awards.

Its synopsis reads: "Twenty years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, a married couple buckles under pressure when an actress arrives to do research for a film about their past."

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The movie is the American drama May December, which premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

If you’ve yet to hear about this ‘weird’ offering, then you can watch the trailer below:

The feature film is believed to be loosely inspired by the story of Mary Kay Letourneau - a teacher who embarked on an illegal relationship with her student, Vili Fualaau, in the 1990s.

The late Letourneau was Fualaau’s second and sixth-grade teacher, and their relationship became sexual when she was 34 and he was just 12 years old.

Following its limited theatrical release, Haynes’ latest project has dropped on US Netflix. It has also already picked up a strong 79 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Following its stateside release on December 1, many social media users have taken to X (formerly Twitter) to call out May December for being a little bit ‘strange’.

Viewers are calling the 'masterpiece' movie very 'strange'.
Netflix

One viewer wrote: “May December was such a weird but interesting movie.”

A second said: “May December was alright. Acting was great but the story itself was strange.”

Another said: “Movie #82 of 2023: May December I think it’s odd when movies are very clearly inspired by a true story, but they don’t say ‘inspired by a true story.’ Anyway, this was strange but well-acted.”

So, while the movie - which runs just shy of two hours - has divided fans across America, UK Netflix subscribers will have to wait a little bit longer to get their dose of Portman and co.

Riverdale's Charles Melton stars in the flick.
Netflix

Film fanatics in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be able to watch May December from December 8 via Sky Cinema.

The movie is swerving streaming giant Netflix (for now) because Sky has acquired the licensing agreement to air the film. Some reports claim that the purchase was actually made way back in 2021.

At the time of writing, it’s not known when May December will hit Netflix in the UK.

So, if you are desperate to see this award-winning offering in action, you may want to invest in a Sky Cinema membership via Now TV.

May December is available to stream via Sky Cinema on December 8.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Netflix, TV and Film, US News, UK News, Twitter, Social Media