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Dark River (2017)

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Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.

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Clio Barnard

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ruth Wilson ... Alice
Mark Stanley ... Joe Bell
Sean Bean ... Richard Bell
Esme Creed-Miles ... Young Alice
Aiden McCullough Aiden McCullough ... Young Joe
Shane Attwooll ... Tower
Steve Garti ... Jim
Una McNulty Una McNulty ... Susan Bell
Dean Andrews ... Matty
Jonah Russell Jonah Russell ... Pete
Paul Roberson Paul Roberson ... Declan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billie Billie ... Billie
Olivia Brennan Olivia Brennan ... Ellie
Ophelia Campbell Ophelia Campbell ... Alice Bell as a child in a photo
Alfie Charlesworth Alfie Charlesworth ... Joe Bell as a child in a photo
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After receiving news of her father's death, Alice, a young travelling sheep-shearer, tentatively decides to return to the dilapidated family house of her childhood, in muddy North Yorkshire. Surprisingly, it's been already fifteen years since Alice left behind an ailing dad and her older brother, Joe, to wander about from farm to farm; however, this cold and heavy homecoming will be Alice's last chance to reclaim the land she believes was once promised to her. But, now, on one hand, there's Joe's resentment paired with a rancorous rivalry between siblings--while, on the other hand--fleeting mournful shadows of a troubled past permeate the walls of an imperfect prize. What will it take to keep the haunting memories at bay? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Σκοτεινός ποταμός See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,246, 1 July 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,714, 5 July 2018
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Quotes

Alice: Wait.
[pause]
Alice: We should cut that field.
Joe Bell: I don't cut for silage. I leave it for hay.
Alice: They're all skin and bone.
[pause]
Joe Bell: Come here. I wanna show you summat.
[pause]
Joe Bell: It's shepherd's needle. You don't see it very often. Not round here, anyway. When it comes through its seed pods, they look like a needle. When you cut it for silage, all you end up doing is... killing everything that's under it. In one acre of hay meadow... you've got 400 million insects. 600 million mites. Two million spiders. Burnet ...
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An Acre of Land
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Adapted Harry Escott
Sung by P.J. Harvey
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minimalist darkness
15 August 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Alice Bell (Ruth Wilson) is a lonely laborer at a sheep farm. After getting news of her father's death, she returns to her family's rundown sheep farm despite being haunted by a family secret. Her bitter brother Joe (Mark Stanley) is angry at her 15 years absence and her attempt to revive the farm. He has plans to sell the stock and abandon the tenancy.

This is dark, bleak, brooding, and not that exceptional. It's all grindingly dark and brooding. The dialogue is sparse. There isn't much surprising. Wilson is able to portray this darkness. It would be nice to have more. It's all one note and oppressively depressing.


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