There have been many films set in the south during the Civil War, but none quite like “The Keeping Room.” It’s a taut thriller that takes place far from the front lines, where random violence punctuates the tense rural air. It’s in this environment that the film unfolds.
Starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, and Sam Worthington, the story follows two sisters and their female slave who are riding out the war in an isolated farmhouse, when some drunken soldiers with evil deeds on their minds come calling. Here’s the official synopsis:
In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling, Arbitrage, The East) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington, Avatar) who are on a mission of pillage and 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.
Directed by Daniel Barber (“Harry Brown“), “The Keeping Room” opens on September 25th.