The Keeping Room (2015)
Critic Consensus: 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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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.
Dark, brooding and brutal, "The Keeping Room" features finely carved performances in a Civil War period piece that might as well be post-apocalyptic.
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 ...
The landscape is appropriately lush, the brutality is deftly rendered, and if the action is minimal, that may be because it isn't quite the point.
The scattershot story doesn't fully serve this stellar cast, as the drama often flags. But when it connects, the tension is almost unbearable.
Audience Reviews for The Keeping Room
A well crafted, engaging storyline anchored by solid performances from its leading trio. The Keeping Room recovers from getting off to slow start by building up just enough suspense to keep you watching. But there's hardly enjoyable as the movie is bleak and disturbing with the brutality of the war.
Grimly atmospheric, with deft characterisations sketched out with minimal dialogue. Highly effective
A new take on the Civil war era that has been somewhat overlooked in film. I think sheds new light on the burden women had to bear. I think though there didn't seem to be enough that happen. To me it felt more like a TV pilot for a show . I was just really becoming attached to the leads when the movie ended. But I would recommend it all the same.
The Keeping Room Quotes
|Augusta:||Why do you come like you want a war?|
|Augusta:||This is our home. We'll have to fight.|
|Augusta:||What if it's the end of the room and we are the last ones left?|
|Augusta:||What if it's the end of the world and we are the last ones left?|
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