The Keeping Room

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Aided by its spare setting and committed performances, The Keeping Room is just fascinatingly off-kilter enough to overcome its frustrating stumbles.



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In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise and their female slave Mad. When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to resourcefully defend their home--and themselves--as the escalating attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.


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  • There are a few plot holes and some stiff acting, but the threesome is compelling as the gals get their guns and their revenge.

    Jun 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • Its two most charismatic performers, Otaru and Steinfeld, are the ones with the least to do. A serious and absorbing piece of work, nonetheless.

    Jun 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A well-intentioned home invasion thriller that can't quite address all the issues it raises.

    Jun 16, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Writer Julia Hart and director Daniel Barber develop the women's relationships at a careful, steady pace, giving them time to bond; this is essential since they must learn to trust and respect each other to survive.

    Dec 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Dark, brooding and brutal, "The Keeping Room" features finely carved performances in a Civil War period piece that might as well be post-apocalyptic.

    Nov 6, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • While the gender-based farmhouse siege is suspenseful and bloody, director Daniel Barber weighs in too heavily with extended silences that slow down the goings-on of a film that has darkly lit tension, lovely scenery and fiercely presented ideas ...

    Oct 30, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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