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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 (37) | Top Critics (4)

This is a kitchen-sink drag.

September 14, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

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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Barnard has made a rare film that's harsh without being off-putting. Watching these people struggle against themselves and each other is compelling.

April 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If it feels overly familiar in the light of its aforementioned contemporaries, it's still a beautifully made and acted film and Barnard manages to pull off the tricksy resolution without it feeling contrived.

April 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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