The Keeping Room

The Keeping Room

Taglines: Some things are worth fighting for.

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.

The Keeping Room is an American action thriller film directed by Daniel Barber and written by Julia Hart. The film stars Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Worthington, Amy Nuttall, and Ned Dennehy. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film got released theatrically in a limited release in the United States on September 25, 2015, by Drafthouse Films.

The Keeping Room - Brit Marling

On October 30, 2012 Wind Dancer Films announced to finance and produce the American civil war thriller film, screenwriter Julia Hart is set to write the script and Harry Brown’s director Daniel Barber is set to direct the film. On the same day Hailee Steinfeld and Olivia Wilde joined the cast of the film.

Wilde left the film on April 25, 2013 and Brit Marling joined the cast to star with Steinfeld, as the role of her sister. Sam Worthington joined the Civil War film on April 29; he will star as a soldier. The shooting of the film began in June 2013 in Bucharest, Romania. The film wrapped up its shooting on July 18, 2013.

The Keeping Room received mixed to positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 65% rating, averaging a 6.6/10 score, sampled from 31 reviews. The consensus states: “Aided by its spare setting and committed performances, The Keeping Room is just fascinatingly off-kilter enough to overcome its frustrating stumbles.” It has a score of 58 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on twelve critics’ reviews, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.

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The Keeping Room

Directed by: Daniel Barber
Starring: Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Worthington, Muna Otaru, Amy Nuttall, Ned Dennehy, Kyle Soller
Screenplay by: Julia Hart
Production Design by: Caroline Hanania
Cinematography by: Martin Ruhe
Film Editing by: Alex Rodríguez
Costume Design by: Luminita Lungu
Set Decoration by: Adrian Popa
Music by: Martin Phipps
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence including a sexual assault.
Studio: Drafthouse Films
Release Date: September 25, 2015