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Dark River (2017)

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Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy of the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Once there she encounters her older brother Joe (Mark Stanley) a man she barely recognizes, worn down by years of struggling to keep the farm going whilst caring for their sick father. Joe is thrown by Alice's sudden arrival, angered by her claim and finds her presence increasingly impossible to deal with. Battling to regain control in a fraught and fragile situation, Alice must confront traumatic memories and family betrayals to find a way to restore the farm and salvage the bond with her brother before both are irrevocably lost.

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

This is a kitchen-sink drag.

September 14, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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A moving, North of England-set portrait of marginalized working-class cultures and the resilience of damaged children.

September 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The rugged emotional territory (and the Yorkshire accents) prove heavy-going in an uncompromising film that elicits a lot more admiration than enjoyment.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's scarcely room here for improvement at the level of craft or performance; in particular, it's gratifying to see leading lady Ruth Wilson headlining a big-screen vehicle worthy of her flinty brilliance.

September 11, 2017 | Full Review…
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For a former conceptual artist and documentarian, Barnard is strong on characterisation and narrative, as well as the social pressures and landscapes which shape lives. Like her previous films, Dark River also sees her taking the long view of a life.

February 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Barnard prefers her characters to internalise their feelings, not articulate them, which becomes frustrating for the audience long before the end. Or rather, t' end.

February 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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