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|The Keeping Room|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Daniel Barber|
|Written by||Julia Hart|
|Music by||Martin Phipps|
|Edited by||Álex Rodríguez|
The Keeping Room is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by Daniel Barber and written by Julia Hart. The film stars Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, Sam Worthington, Amy Nuttall, and Ned Dennehy. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was in a limited release in the United States on September 25, 2015, by Drafthouse Films. The film was made available on Netflix US on May 4, 2016.
Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women—two white sisters and one African-American slave—must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army. Moses, one of these "bummers" (soldiers sent in advance to forage for food, and find any deserters or survivors), warns Augusta, the elder sister: "Uncle Billy's coming, burning down everything in his path. Rest assured, it will be cruel."
The film was first announced in October 2012. Hart's script was inspired by her learning that her friends had two skeletons dating from the Civil War in their backyards and wondering how they got there. Initially the film was to star Olivia Wilde; she later left and was replaced by Brit Marling. Sam Worthington rounded out the cast in April 2013.
The Keeping Room received mixed to positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 74% rating, averaging a 6.5/10 score, sampled from 77 reviews. The consensus states: "Aided by its spare setting and committed performances, The Keeping Room is just fascinatingly off-kilter enough to overcome its frustrating stumbles." On Metacritic, it has a score of 58 out of 100, based on 21 critics' reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".