The Keeping Room
Directed by Daniel Barber
In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise and their female slave Mad. When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to resourcefully defend their home––and themselves––as the escalating attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.
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★★★½ review by Alice on Letterboxd
Some great moments, emotional moments and tense moments- with the three female leads pushing this movie along. Unfortunately it just wasn't quite enough for me. It's a shame when something could have been so much more, especially when this film could have been really great- and it constantly feels like it's on the edge of being so, but never quite delivers.
★★★★ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd
Brit Marling *rules* this brutal & beautiful feminist south-western. Cold Mountain meets Straw Dogs. unmissable. full review to come on Little White Lies.
★★★★½ review by Alex Kittle on Letterboxd
Ladies helping each other, mid-19th-century costumes, bloody murders, dramatic monologues, sisterly love, thoughtful cinematography, overcoming racism, ladies disguising themselves as men, Hailee Steinfeld, Brit Marling, moonlight, nail-biting tension, and a heaping dose of misandry: This movie has it all! For real!
★★★★ review by Heather Erickson on Letterboxd
Gripping, powerful, basically good in every way. We need more movies like this, please make them, I'll be here waiting.
★★★½ review by riley on Letterboxd
talking about the civil war:
"but what if all of the men kill all of the other men?"
what's the issue lmao
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