Dark River (2017)
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A moving, North of England-set portrait of marginalized working-class cultures and the resilience of damaged children.
The rugged emotional territory (and the Yorkshire accents) prove heavy-going in an uncompromising film that elicits a lot more admiration than enjoyment.
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.
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.
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