In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, three Southern women are forced to take up arms to defend their home--and themselves--from two renegade Union soldiers on Sherman's March.
A lot of critics gave half-hearted responses to this film, but I have no idea why. I simply loved it. I loved the interaction between the women, which made sense at a moment when things were changing. I loved the way the story went against type in its treatment of Yankee soldiers. And the ending is priceless.
Two strong women and a younger sister are left to keep a farm during the end of the civil war. The oldest knows her firearms and wears her role as provider and defender, convincingly, while her younger sister fights against the inevitable. The slave woman (Mad), who is redefined by Augusta to her younger sister, is really the only character given some history. The story drives home the atrocities of these men against women and more, when left to their own characters, nearly absent of all honor. I don't see this as a chick flick, when women must defend themselves against marauding, murdering rapists. No... it's survival, pure and simple but not without consequence. This movie could have easily been extended without fluffing it up or leading the viewer by the nose. Overall, it was a surprise.
Excellent film about three Southern women at the end of the Civil War - two sisters, Augusta and Louise, and their slave, Mad - who fight off two renegade, violent Union soldiers. The pace might seem a bit slow; however, this film is never tedious - in fact, it's extremely intense and involving. The music is beautiful and haunting. Additionally, it's refreshing and encouraging to see a Western in which the women are strong and resourceful. "The Keeping Room" is highly recommended.
Tense, taut, and intriguing, The Keeping Room is an excellent period piece exploring the lives of 3 young women who live alone in rural America during the Civil War. From beginning to end, we are presented with compelling visuals and intense acting. Previous to this, I was not a very big fan of Sam Worthington. He did a passable job with Avatar, but I've always felt that his American accent was way too fake. His Southern accent is scary good, though. In fact, Sam Worthington's acting takes a typical villainous character and makes him into a much more complex and engrossing character.
The subtle ways in which the movie plays with gender politics is at once bold and long overdue. It's nuanced approach to race issues is also worthy of applause. All in all, this is a great addition to the Drafthouse Films collection. Definitely a movie that should be seen with rapt attention.
I rented this movie for 3.99 and once started I realized that I had seen it on Netflix. Oh well, it was worth seeing the sexy Sam Worthington again! I loved the three strong women and how they fought back. If period pieces are your thing you will love this civil war drama. The story moves along at a good pace. A great cast and dialog.
Pros: great storyline, depicted how life was at the end of the American Civil War. No candy coat... All the violence was purposeful and realistic. These people had a hard life, both men at war and the women back home. Everyone suffered. Beautiful scenery and special effects. Cons: no narration of history ( which would have made it so much better). Not much explanation and history given of this family. Poor character development and all the people in the movie just MUMBLED most of the time. This was a huge detraction! Worth watching but lacked something... Could have been a really great epic historical saga. I did think the ending was interesting and believable. They had to survive and what they did was probably their best bet. 2 and a half stars I would rate.
Amazing movie, love all three actresses. The story is about three woman trying to keep their home and land in tact while the men in the home are fighting the civil war. Eventually the war gets close to them and it shows the strength of females fighting to keep it from degenerates of the war.