“The Dig” (Netflix)

This is the movie poster for "The Dig" streaming on Netflix and showing in theaters and starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Netflix)

By Catholic News Service

The 1939 discovery of an ancient Anglo-Saxon burial ground in southeastern England is chronicled in this aptly titled drama, inspired by the 2007 novel by John Preston and directed by Simon Stone.

A wealthy widow (Carey Mulligan) hires an amateur archaeologist (Ralph Fiennes) to investigate the mysterious earthen mounds on her vast estate, Sutton Hoo. The outline of a ship and a suspected royal tomb are revealed, attracting the attention of a snobbish museum official (Ken Stott) and his assistants (Ben Chaplin, Lily James). Unfortunately, subplots suitable for grown-ups only spoil what could otherwise have been a family friendly period drama and a fascinating history lesson for all.

Adulterous sexual activity, brief nudity, an implied homosexual affair. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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