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Film Reviews The Keeping Room: Feministic plot as women defend themselves during war

When the pair of soldiers on a mission of pillage and violence track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, a trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants.

2.5 out of 4 stars

Title
The Keeping Room
Written by
Julia Hart
Directed by
Daniel Barber
Starring
Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Worthington
Genre
Drama
Country
USA
Language
English

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)

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