Little Woods

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Led by standout work from Tessa Thompson, Little Woods tells a grimly absorbing tale that marks a commendable debut for writer-director Nia DaCosta.

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Little Woods, North Dakota, a fracking boomtown well beyond its prime. Ollie is trying to survive the last few days of her probation after getting caught illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border. But when her mother dies, she is thrust back into the life of her estranged sister Deb (James), who is facing her own crisis with an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex. The two find they have one week to settle the mortgage on their mother's house or face foreclosure. As bills and pressure mount, Ollie faces a choice: whether to return to a way of life she thought she'd left behind for just one more score or to leave it all behind. A taut and affecting thriller about sisters pushed to extremes from award-winning director Nia DaCosta.

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  • [Tessa] Thompson's forceful, charismatic performance brings life to what could have been a relentlessly grim film, but it also unbalances the drama somewhat.

    January 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a film of high tension about two sisters living on the edge of ruin in the farthest northern reaches of North Dakota. One slip up and they could end up homeless, or in jail. The only things they have to rely on are their wits and each other.

    January 26, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • A taut and affecting thriller.

    September 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A predictable narrative given rich contours...

    September 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film may not look impressive, but I am impressed by how [writer-director Nia] DaCosta introduces complications into this already complicated story without straining for effect.

    August 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Though it may be on the nose at times, Little Woods is a tense and emotional look at the political issues we're arguing about today that are affecting people's lives.

    July 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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