The Levelling (2017)

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Somerset, England. Trainee veterinarian Clover Catto returns to the farm where she grew up after hearing news that her brother Harry has died in what appears to be a suicide. Finding the family home in a state of horrendous disrepair following the 2014 floods that devastated the area, Clover is forced to confront her father Aubrey about the farm, the livestock and, crucially, the details surrounding Harry's death. Clover's discoveries send her on an emotional journey of reckoning with her family, her childhood and herself.

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Kendrick, uptight to the point of rage, really lives it, while first-time writer-director Hope Dickson Leach ensures we get the wider picture.

May 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A modestly scaled, superbly crafted drama with a powerful sense of place.

Mar 30, 2017 | Full Review…

[Leach] gets her hands dirty, bedding down into these difficult, truculent characters and plunging us deep into the chilly loam of her mournful, atmospheric story.

Mar 29, 2017 | Full Review…
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The surrounding landscape is flat, sodden, muddy and overcast and somehow menacing, and the drama is correspondingly low key...Country life is treated with respect in the film.

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It shouldn't go unnoticed just how accomplished an achievement it is for its debut director Hope Dickson Leach in pulling off such a tricky pictorial and dramatic scenario.

Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The destitution, the filth, and the wetness of the ground add welcome textures to this story's environment, giving The Levelling a certain pride in maintaining such unglamorous edges.

Oct 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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