Some of the biggest arguments in Playlist Central in the last year have been over “The Keeping Room.” Daniel Barber’s feminist Western, which sees Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, and Munu Otaru as three women menaced by Union soldiers (Sam Worthington and Kyle Soller), premiered at TIFF a year ago, where we gave it a middling review, but Playlisters who’ve caught up with it since loved it to death (it was on my Top 10 of last year, for instance).
You’ll soon be able to make your mind up for yourself, as the movie’s finally hitting theaters at the end of the month. To celebrate, Drafthouse released a new clip from the film, via Vanity Fair, almost a year after the first. Rather more suspenseful than the last offering, it sees our trio of heroines start to move into siege territory as their drunken adversaries approach their home.
The film’s a tough watch, but if you’re ready, it’s a rewarding one. You’ll be able to see what you think of it when the movie opens on Friday, September 25th. Here’s the 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.