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The Keeping Room -- Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women - two 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.
The Keeping Room -- Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.
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25 September 2015 (USA) See more »
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Some things are worth fighting for
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Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women - two 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. | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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A finely acted although agonizingly slow home invasion in wild west See more (8 total) »

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Brit Marling ... Augusta

Hailee Steinfeld ... Louise

Sam Worthington ... Moses

Muna Otaru ... Mad

Kyle Soller ... Henry

Ned Dennehy ... Caleb

Amy Nuttall ... Moll

Nicholas Pinnock ... Bill
Anna-Maria Nabirye ... Alma
Luminita Filimon ... Prudence

Charles Jarman ... Carriage Driver
Delia Riciu ... Mary
Zefir ... Battle
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Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault
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95 min
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Contrary to what many reviews have stated, the historical period depicted in the film is not Sherman's March to the Sea (aka the Savannah Campaign) of the winter of 1864, but the Carolinas Campaign during the spring of 1865.See more »

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12 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A finely acted although agonizingly slow home invasion in wild west, 10 December 2015
Author: quincytheodore from Indonesia

There's a merit on doing all female leads drama thriller set on volatile era of Civil War, especially when there's social prejudice involved. However, aside from some admittedly fine performance, the movie feels clunky and slow. It doesn't have the intricacy or characterization beyond the basic formula of "there are bad men coming", and even that takes the film about half its runtime to get the pace going.

This is the story of three women, one of whom is colored, as they defend their home from outsiders. Each woman might not be easily relatable at first, but the acting as well as decent investment time to them manage to deliver a few heavy thought provoking and intimate scenes. Brit Marling as the oldest one keeps a strong presence even though her character may be lacking in term of actual strength.

Muna Otaru as Mad, the colored housekeeper or technical maid, has a unique personality as the caretaker of the girls and also her own woman. As for the antagonist Sam Worthington makes do, he's decent but his motivation doesn't have the same focus as the girls', which means less connection to the character as he basically stumbles on the predicament he himself creates. The cinematography works by keeping an intentionally bleak and less stylish version of Wild West.

This is a deliberate pace for drama, not action or thriller. It does feel terribly slow at times, not in a good Tarantino build up style. Furthermore, there's not much cat-and-mouse cerebral standoff, which feels like a missed opportunity, especially when it could've used the setting as intense backdrop. Panic Room with Jodie Foster had trade of wit between protagonist and antagonist that created depth and utilized its premise, while here it's more of random gunslinging action.

The Keeping Room has a couple of good performances, especially geared towards heavy themes such as race prejudice and violence towards women. However, instead of putting more focus on home invasion to elevate the drama, its slow pace removes any thrill to what could've been a powerful commentary of an era and its lingering issues.

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