The Keeping Room (2015)

  • Drama, Western
  • 1h 35m

In this radically reimagined American Western set toward the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling, ARBITAGE, THE EAST) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington, AVATAR, and Kyle Soller, BBC’s POLDARK) who are on a mission to pillage and commit violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise (Hailee Steinfeld, TRUE GRIT, PITCH PERFECT 2) and their female slave Mad (newcomer Muna Otaru).

When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to resourcefully defend their home — and themselves — as the escalating attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.

Based on Julia Hart’s revered 2012 Black List screenplay, and directed by Academy Award-nominated Daniel Barber (HARRY BROWN), THE KEEPING ROOM is a tense and uncompromising tale of survival that also shatters both gender and genre conventions.

“Dark, brooding and brutal, “The Keeping Room” features finely carved performances in a Civil War period piece that might as well be post-apocalyptic.” — Tom Long, Detroit News


Daniel Barber


Julia Hart




United States


Drafthouse Films

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