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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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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:

Karanlik Nehir 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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1.85 : 1
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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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Soundtracks

An Acre of Land
Traditional British song
Adapted Harry Escott
Sung by P.J. Harvey
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A bleak story but an excellent film with excellent performances
26 June 2018 | by djbaxter-980-742507See all my reviews

It's a sad story of family trauma and an attempt to go home many years later. The photography is superb. The acting is powerful. It works very well as a film overall. I don't want to say any more at the risk of spoiling it for you if you haven't yet seen it but it is well worth watching.

As for the negative reviews, I suggest you ignore them. This was never intended to be a super-hero action movie. It's a drama and it does what it sets out to do very well.


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