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

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  • If this is [DaCosta's] starting line, imagine what she'll be able to do once she hits her stride.

    Apr 21, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

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  • [DaCosta] intuitively reveals a deeper dimension to both of her heroines by taking an extra beat at the beginning or end of scenes to observe their faces when no one else is watching.

    Apr 19, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

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  • This startlingly accomplished debut feature by Nia DaCosta has the eyes and ears of a documentary-the opioid crisis is everywhere, the nearest hospital is far away-but the heart of a drama, and a stirring one.

    Apr 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • With a confident eye and economy of storytelling, DaCosta crafts a fiercely feminist and sensitive family portrait

    Apr 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If Little Woods had trusted its two leading ladies just a little bit more, it could have been a truly great movie. As is, it's a very good one that is worth seeing mostly for its cast.

    Apr 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A modest but intensely empathetic first film by writer-director Nia DaCosta.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…

    Ella Taylor

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