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Dark River (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 29 June 2018 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Clio Barnard

Writers:

Clio Barnard, Lila Rawlings (story development) (as Lila V. Rawlings) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Wilson ... Alice Bell
Jonah Russell Jonah Russell ... Pete
Paul Robertson Paul Robertson ... Declan
Sean Bean ... Richard Bell
Una McNulty Una McNulty ... Susan Bell
Esme Creed-Miles ... Young Alice
Aiden McCullough Aiden McCullough ... Young Joe
Olivia Brennan Olivia Brennan ... Ellie
Mark Stanley ... Joe Bell
Joe Dempsie ... David
Mike Noble Mike Noble ... Rowan
Steve Garti ... Jim
Dean Andrews ... Matty
Kenton Foster Kenton Foster ... Auctioneer
Jake Hayward Jake Hayward ... Young David
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Storyline

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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The film is very loosely based on Rose Tremain's novel Tresspass. Writer/director Clio Barnard wrote an initial screenplay that was much closer to the book, which focuses on two sets of of siblings in their sixties who become involved in a property dispute in France. After the initial draft her producers encouraged her to make the story her own so that the final film, which focuses on only one set of siblings in their thirties and is set in England is only very loosely related to the book. See more »

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[Last Lines]
Alice: Can I come and see you again? Can I?
Joe Bell: Yeah.
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An Acre of Land
Traditional British song
Adapted Harry Escott
Sung by P.J. Harvey
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Poor Flow
3 October 2018 | by westsideschlSee all my reviews

Storytelling should have a good flow where the pieces fit together, and for the average novice viewer of a 90 min. film they shouldn't be left confused. First, too many flashbacks especially when we have an obvious family relationship problem. We get it! Second, how farming/ranching tenancy works in England left me confused, and if as poorly run as was shown then they need better laws. Also, passing on responsibilities to family members was just a mess left by someone or some organization. The buying & management scenes were too contrived. Third, the sibling arguments seemed forced, and not common sense soluble. Last, the shooting episode, and who was shot and the brother & sister's response left me with what's-going-on?


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