THE Dig viewers have been left 'ugly crying all night' after watching emotional scenes in the new Netflix film.
The movie is set in 1939 and is based on the novel of the same name by John Preston and stars Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes and Lily James.
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It reimagines the events of the excavation of Sutton Hoo, where two early medieval cemeteries dating from the 6th to 7th centuries were found.
While a story based around a famous archaeological dig might not sound like a tear-jerker, viewers have been left sobbing by the performances in the movie.
Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "Just watched #TheDig. We're not crying, you're crying. *sniff*."
Another added: "Spent my Saturday night watching #TheDig and crying. I thought it was beautiful and sad, two of my favorite movie characteristics lol."
A third tweeted: "Ugly crying after #TheDig, the perfect film for goth archaeologists."
Meanwhile a fellow viewer was equally emotional, and wrote: "Just finished #TheDig. Thought it was bland at the beginning, I was a crying mess by the end. That little boy is SUCH a talent."
Carey, 35, plays landowner Edith Pretty, who called in a local local self-taught archaeologist-excavator Basil Brown to tackle the large burial mounds on her estate.
Speaking about how their relationship develops during the Netflix film, Carey told the BBC: "They're not a natural pair and in fact, as you see at the beginning, it's not an immediate connection.
"But there's a mutual respect there – a kinship and a meeting of minds that crosses the social divide."
Meanwhile Ralph, 58, also spoke about the timeliness of the film's release during the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.
He said: "I think it's interesting and maybe lucky the film is coming out when we're in another time of uncertainty because of Covid. I hope people take a positive message from it, about what we can achieve through common endeavour and determination."
The Dig is available on Netflix now.
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