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The Keeping Room (2014)

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Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three women must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.

Director:

Daniel Barber

Writer:

Julia Hart
3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Brit Marling ... Augusta
Hailee Steinfeld ... Louise
Muna Otaru ... Mad
Sam Worthington ... Moses
Kyle Soller ... Henry
Ned Dennehy ... Caleb
Amy Nuttall ... Moll
Nicholas Pinnock ... Bill
Anna-Maria Nabirye Anna-Maria Nabirye ... Alma (as Anna Maria Nabirye)
Luminita Filimon Luminita Filimon ... Prudence
Charles Jarman ... Carriage Driver (as Jarman Charles Augustus)
Zefir Zefir ... Battle
Delia Riciu Delia Riciu ... Mary
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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. Written by Anonymous

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Some things are worth fighting for

Genres:

Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En defensa propia See more »

Filming Locations:

Poienari, Arges County, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,328, 27 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,166, 29 November 2015
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Olivia Wilde was originally cast in the lead role but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Brit Marling replaced her. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Louise: Heard you shoot. What was it?
Augusta: Somethin' small n' fast.
Louise: Rabbit?
Augusta: Maybe. I don't know if it was even really there. Once that gun goes off, everythin' livin' is gone.
Louise: Why's it so hard when the only thing there is you and the rabbit?
Mad: [serving up stew] The wood is big and the rabbit's small.
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The Girl & The Night
Written and Performed by Emily Barker
Produced by Martin Phipps
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19 September 2014 | by movie-opSee all my reviews

The American Civil War is a time period that's been told almost exclusively from the male perspective and has most often centered on Northerners (winners do write history), so to see a story about southern women enduring the brutality of the war's end is rather surprising. What makes it satisfying, and a truly excellent film, is how sharp the storytelling is. Writer Julia Hart uses the small story of three women, two sisters (Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld) and their young slave (Muna Otaru), to capture the massive effects the war had on the southern way of life, but never hits you over the head with its larger themes. Instead, it tells its story almost as a home- invasion thriller, with a slow-burning sense of dread filling every ounce of the runtime. Bleak, tense, and at times difficult to watch, The Keeping Room isn't fun, but you'll be happy you saw it.


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