• The Keeping Room

    Dir. Daniel Barber | 2014 | Spine No. 34

    A feminist Western with grit, The Keeping Room exists midway between Cold Mountain and Straw Dogs.

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Coming to theaters Fall 2015

Expertly directed by Daniel Barber (Harry Brown), The Keeping Room focuses on the violent resilience and dramatic camaraderie of three Southern women as their home is besieged during the purges at the close of the American Civil War. Forced to defend their land and fight for their lives, the women take up arms against oppressors, shattering gender and genre conventions in the process.

Based on Julia Hart’s revered 2012 Black List screenplay, the film deliberately eschews Hollywood Western tropes and challenges gender politics as the female protagonist is defined in brave and provocative fashion. Described as “a feminist western with bite” (Indiewire) and “a beautifully breathless revisionist western” midway between Cold Mountain and Straw Dogs (Little White Lies), The Keeping Room is unflinching filmmaking anchored in the “bold and fearless” performances (Film School Rejects) delivered by its lead women.

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