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Plot: Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women - two sisters and one African-American slave - must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army. Runtime: 95 mins Release Date: 08 Sep 2014
the slow burner is the high earner! (by lightbeing-48261)
For people that are interested in black/white history this is a gripping movie; The Keeping Room has a very real-feel. So many movies in trying to be a movie are just that; A MOVIE; and suspending disbelief becomes an effort. Thinking this is an action movie is like driving fast down the motorway; you get to your destination quickly; but miss the scenery. TKR is full of scenery; a feminine treat for men and women alike. Absorb it's slow momentum; the grinding tension of ignorance coupled with power. Ultimately it's a quote that captures the movie "we are all ni99ers now", <more>
denoting shifts of power and the casual onset of humility that comes with empathy and desperation.
--but you haven't. Not by a long shot. Muna Otaru's lines alone are worth the entire time spent with this film. She plays a slave who is one of the strongest women of trust in God ever portrayed on the silver screen. Hailee Steinfeld, ultra-famous for playing the precocious youngster in the far superior remake of True Grit, appears in this so-called Western we have no genre called Southern as a whimpering, naive, arrogant older teenager--but, as with True Grit and her powerful bit part in The Homesman, she carries the film with equal power to Otaru and Brit Marling whose <more>
wounded-and-crying scene is one of the most realistic I have ever seen . No, you have not seen this film done time and again. You have never seen this story, which reveals the realities of war that we all too often set aside as battlefield anomalies but which, in truth, are always part and parcel of any conflict between two opposing armies. I, for one, would love to see Steinfeld quit the sappy glossy music industry and concentrate all of her talent on making films like this one--or making films in general. She's just so much better at it.
The American Civil War is a time period that's been told almost exclusively from the male perspective and has most often centered on Northerners winners do write history , so to see a story about southern women enduring the brutality of the war's end is rather surprising. What makes it satisfying, and a truly excellent film, is how sharp the storytelling is. Writer Julia Hart uses the small story of three women, two sisters Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld and their young slave Muna Otaru , to capture the massive effects the war had on the southern way of life, but never hits you <more>
over the head with its larger themes. Instead, it tells its story almost as a home- invasion thriller, with a slow-burning sense of dread filling every ounce of the runtime. Bleak, tense, and at times difficult to watch, The Keeping Room isn't fun, but you'll be happy you saw it.
I liked this movie a lot.. I love Civil war movies and this one is different from most as it's about the women.. It's the ending of the Civil war, a violent time to be outside of Atlanta just before being burned.. Three women struggling to survive on the left overs of a depleted countryside, get caught in the violence of two insane soldiers. Most important is the way the women overcome ..This is an intelligent and insightful script, written by Julia Hart.. The plot builds in momentum fairly fast but if you're looking for a man's fight and/or special effects,, this isn't <more>
that movie.. It's about strength in the face of fear and making choices that will save all three of their lives..There's violence and exploitation but the director did not exploit our actresses and I'm really glad that, for once, the actress isn't demanded to strip during a rape scene.. creating a double abuse,, I hate those directors that do that .. If you liked the pace of The Missing with Kate Blanchett or The Claim with Milla Jovovich, it's similar enough that you'd like this..
Good plot and actors. Accurately portrayed the rough life of women in the Civil War Era. Feminist movie with strong female leads. It was overall an enjoyable action packed movie with a lot of violence.
Survival of the fittest (by hossein-dashtaki)
I am surprised to see that some people do not like this movie. May be they did not get the message this movie is sending. First , this movie wants to give you the sense of the violence and rampage that some stray Union soldiers conducted during the U.S. civil war which has seldom been reported in history. Second , it wants to show you the hardship and misery of those days' women who were left alone , to live and survive by themselves , when their husbands left for war. Third , it wants to convey this message to women , based on movie's currents of events , that , if they are united, <more>
resilient and determine, they then can overcome and survive the worst threats. Fourth , it tells women that they must learn everything they need to learn to defend themselves , that is , how to fight , how to shoot , how to plan against intruders and how to rely on themselves to survive. It tells them how to believe in themselves in that they can overcome dangerous situations during the coarse of their lives. I believe the director and scenario writer have done a superb job in conveying this message to its viewers.
It does tell you a lot about American Slavery during the Civil War. This movie did make it look pretty real compared to other movies based on the black slavery during that time. It was just horrible and cruel to look at some scenes containing bloody violence that would disgust you. I thought at the beginning of the movie was horrific when the slave woman was shot for discovering that a Civil War solider was raping and killing a young girl. I always hated in movies like these when the white people call the black people 'Nigga', it honestly grinds your teeth. It is so annoying and <more>
hurtful to hear that they were telling that to those poor innocent individuals! I swear, I am so glad nowadays that we don't treat people like that anymore. We all are people, not animals. I wish it didn't happen back then but unfortunately it did.This movie is definitely a taster on what happened on those horrible years of slavery!
I like this movie and i'm surprised some feel differently towards it. It was cool to see the war coming from a woman's perspective and show the horrors of the woman trying to defend their home and themselves. It showed how at the end of the Civil War that it was violent and it also showed women didn't have much respect. We noticed that it showed not only the woman's perspective but the man's as well. Many could say they view this movie differently but I viewed it as showing how strong women were in this time period and to show the destruction the Civil War caused.I <more>
personally recommend this movie for learning purposes as well as to get an insight on the different perspectives of the Civil War.