Little Woods (2019)

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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 taught and affecting thriller about sisters pushed to extremes from award-winning director Nia DaCosta.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

Little Woods is very personal and very touching, and it makes a compelling argument as to why good people do bad things, a tried-and-true motif that has become a staple of the new westerns emerging today.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…
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The life-on-the-margins drama makes a fine, tense vehicle for Tessa Thompson, who in the last few years has stood out in a variety of genres.

Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Nia DaCosta's absorbing debut is laced with urgent dread, experienced by characters you care deeply about.

Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…

It is the performances which really make Little Woods work, particularly Tessa Thompson's.

Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Spare in her writing and expressive in her visuals, DaCosta works with an adept assurance that belies her dearth of experience behind the camera.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Marks a stunning debut from writer-director Nia DaCosta.

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

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