Dark River

Dark River

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Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.

Alice is a highly competent sheep hand who returns to a decaying family farm after the death of her abusive father: Can she and her traumatized brother (Mark Stanley) run the operation together? Director Clio Barnard (‘The Selfish Giant’) elicits great performances from the two leads. Stanley is superb, yet it is Wilson that will leave you shaken.

Her performance is impossibly affecting – teasing out Alice's pain and foregrounding her courage, ahead of the inevitable, earth-shattering eruption. Look out for P.J. Harvey’s disconsolate, shiver-inducing interpretation of the English folk standard “An Acre of Land”.