- The Keeping Room
- Written by
- Julia Hart
- Directed by
- Daniel Barber
- Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Worthington
Set in the waning days of the U.S. Civil War, The Keeping Room sets men upon women and soldiers upon civilians in a remote area of rural South Carolina.
A couple of ruthless Union scouts are raping, looting marauders – men as monsters, as seen through the eyes of a pair of besieged southern sisters (Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld) and their female slave (Muna Otaru). 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 on feminism. (14A)