Dark River trailer – brother and sister find themselves surrounded by traumatic memories. Arrives in cinemas February 23
Following the death of her father, Alice returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years. This is to claim the tenancy of the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Once there she encounters her older brother Joe a man she barely recognises. He’s worn down by years of struggling to keep the farm going whilst caring for their sick father. Joe is thrown by Alice’s sudden arrival. Angered by her claim and finds her presence increasingly impossible to deal with. Battling to regain control in a fraught and fragile situation, Alice must confront traumatic memories. Also family betrayals. This is to find a way to restore the farm and salvage the bond with her brother before both irrevocably lost.
a Film by CLIO BARNARD
Starring RUTH WILSON as Alice, MARK STANLEY as Joe, SHANE ATTWOOLL, DEAN ANDREWS. MIKE NOBLE, ESMÉ CREED-MILES, AIDEN McCULLOUGH. With JOE DEMPSIE and SEAN BEAN
The title is taken from Ted Hughes’ poem, The Dark River.
Any moment now, a last kick
And the dark river will fold it away
The dark river could be a place of cleansing or a place of burial. There is an ambiguity about whether this is good or bad. In part it is a film about how damaging it is to be silenced and to bury the past – but it is also about acceptance, putting the past to rest, making peace with it, about the complexity and difficulty of that process.
This film considered one of the best this year
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