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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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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.
R (for strong violence including a sexual assault)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Western
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Brit Marling
as Augusta
Ned Dennehy
as Caleb
Kyle Soller
as Henry
Luminita Filimon
as Prudence
Jarman Charles Augustus
as Carriage Driver
as Battle
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All Critics (73) | Top Critics (22)

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.

Full Review… | December 10, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Dark, brooding and brutal, "The Keeping Room" features finely carved performances in a Civil War period piece that might as well be post-apocalyptic.

Full Review… | November 6, 2015
Detroit News
Top Critic

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 ...

Full Review… | October 30, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 29, 2015
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

The scattershot story doesn't fully serve this stellar cast, as the drama often flags. But when it connects, the tension is almost unbearable.

Full Review… | October 29, 2015
Toronto Star
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Despite its sparseness and haunting photography, the film proves to be little more than a home-invasion thriller low on thrills.

Full Review… | October 15, 2015
Arizona Republic
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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.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq

Grimly atmospheric, with deft characterisations sketched out with minimal dialogue. Highly effective

Pat Geary
Pat Geary

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.

James morgan
James morgan

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