Dark River

 (252)5.91 h 29 min2018X-Ray16+
Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson, "The Affair") returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years to claim from her estranged brother (Mark Stanley, "Game of Thrones") the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. From acclaimed filmmaker Clio Barnard, one of the premier new voices in British cinema, "Dark River" is a taut and powerful psychological drama.
Directors
Clio Barnard
Starring
Ruth WilsonMark StanleySean Bean
Genres
SuspenseDrama
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Tracy O'Riordan
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FilmRise
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingviolence
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3.3 out of 5 stars

252 global ratings

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Joshua LavenderReviewed in the United States on April 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The acting is spellbinding...
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This film neither has nor needs much plot. It's a psychological drama about the aftermath of abuse, and the story is in the acting, which is superb. The imagery of the Northern English countryside is by turns dreary and glorious, adding layers to the emotions. Yes, as other reviewers note, the accents are thick -- this wasn't a drawback for me. (Getting a good story from another part of the world is well worth putting up with the mild inconvenience of reading subtitles.) The story is unrelentingly painful but finally cathartic. I'll probably watch it again.
56 people found this helpful
EverleighReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Heartbreaking. Broken lives. Incomprehensible turmoil of sexual child abuse by a parent.
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My 1-star is based solely on the subject matter of this film. While I enjoy watching movies with mature themes, I dislike movies based on abusive situations, especially child abuse, whether emotional, physical or sexual. I’m writing this review because when I’d started viewing this film, solely based on reviews, I actually had no idea what it was really about. The subject matter is that of the negative impact on siblings, one sexually abused, the other not and the resulting life-long devastation of such abuse. These are shattered people, with no happy ending to their story. That said, I will add for those misogynistic enough to enjoy such fare, that the film itself is very well done, from an aesthetic viewpoint. The actors do an excellent job, the screenplay, (by the director), is very well written, the cinematography is beautifully atmospheric and the directing is also very well done.
48 people found this helpful
BrandyReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Intense psychological film
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This is a fantastic movie, great acting, genuine characters. POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT: Someone complained of too many flashbacks, but that's spot on for a survivor. Life is flashbacks; that's just how it is. So kudos to Clio Barnard in presenting this remarkably accurate portrait of a survivor and the relationships that are changed forever, including the lead having to hear people praise the perpetrator and blame her for not being a grateful and dutiful daughter.
41 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Recommended to a thoughtful audience
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Great film. Someone mentioned that it had no plot, but there was plenty of plot. In my view plot drives character and the characters in this movie, as hard as it is to watch at times, had all the elements an actor could want to tell a story. Both Ruth Wilson and Mark Stanley must have been drained after making it. Clio Barnard got great performances from these two. Someone also mentioned it is misogynistic. I didn't see any hate for, or of women. I saw a woman who faced abuse and tried to deal as best she could. There is sadness, but also redemption. I can see why some people rated it low. It's not your typical "American" fare where everything is spelled out immediately and there is very little, or no consideration given to the intelligence of an audience.
25 people found this helpful
thewayiseeitReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
bad just bad
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almost impossible to follow. Too many flashbacks, and thick dialogue made this unwatchable. You could see the actors were good,,, but they had no plot to work with....pass
27 people found this helpful
Jim BolesReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great! But not a Hollywood movie, so beware.
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I had to watch with subtitles on. The accents are thick, but oddly made it more real. The production quality and acting is great. The theme is realistically carried out, albeit not for everyone. This is the kind of movie I can see why there would be a lot of 1 stars and many 5 stars. If you like realistic farming/rural down-to-earth settings you love this one.
23 people found this helpful
BooBerry1Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Like Watching Grass Grow!
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I love Ruth Wilson as an actress, but this was not one of her better movies. This movie is actually worse than watching grass grow. What a dreary, gloomy piece of work this was. This was so exhausting to watch that I found myself fast-forwarding the long scenes where she is actually lying or sitting on the ground just staring. The story is old and nothing really new. Brother and sister don't get along after sister is away for 15 years after a traumatic childhood and doesn't show up for her father's last dying days or the funeral, then comes and wants to take on the land that she feels she inherited. That is the story...it is slow and snail paced and as drawn out as any director could possible drag this thing along. The description of the movie tells you as much and believe me, nothing in the movie amounts to more than what is described. There is not much of a psychological thriller about this, other than scenes from her childhood which do not amount to a lot other than it being tragic.
8 people found this helpful
Thomas J. La MannaReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dark, depressing and distressing!
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The family joke is "This is the worst movie we've ever paid for!" We love the lead actress from The Affair and Luther. The accents were difficult to decipher. The topic was a downer. The acting and production value were good though.
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