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September 25, 2015 at 07:47 PM EDT

The Keeping Room

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/25/15
performer
Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Worthington
director
Daniel Barber
genre
Drama
We gave it a C+

Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld play sisters defending their isolated farm in Daniel Barber’s slow-building feminist Western. Set in 1865, The Keeping Room lyrically portrays the daily trials endured by its hardscrabble heroines. But after a pair of drunken soldiers (Kyle Soller and Sam Worthington) come huffing and puffing at their door, it more or less gives up and becomes a pretty average siege thriller. I’m positive there’s an audience for an Old West tale about fierce, independent women. I’m equally positive it can be done better. C+

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