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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.
A modestly scaled, superbly crafted drama with a powerful sense of place.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
Set on a failing farm in Somerset after the floods, it is a sombre, moving tale of a family in crisis, with a star-making turn by Ellie Kendrick as the daughter trying to hold everything, and everyone, together.
The Levelling hits peaks and troughs which make this plucky British indie an arresting, affecting watch.
There is an impressive attention to both the flood-saturated muck and the industrial integrity of the small farm, lending The Levelling a fine sense of space. The film is ultimately a one-track proposition, but keep an eye on Leach.
A remarkable and confident debut, The Levelling is haunting look at how grief can tear people apart and bring them together.
Although The Levelling is a familiar story of grief, it is told with an emotional incisiveness by a brand new talent that helps make it feel fresh.
Unflinching in its depiction of rural reality, this may be a dour drama, but it has been made with sincerity and an exceptional sense of place.
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