Dark River

Dark River

Dark River

Clio Barnard follows The Selfish Giant with this Yorkshire-set drama exploring the fragility of familial relationships. Stars Ruth Wilson (Locke).

After her father dies, a young woman returns to her Yorkshire village for the first time in 15 years to claim the family farm she believes is hers.

Winner of the Platform Prize - Honourable Mention, 2017 Toronto International Film Festival
201789 minsUK
DramaMysteryThriller
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

There's scarcely room here for improvement at the level of craft or performance; in particular, it's gratifying to see leading lady Ruth Wilson headlining a big-screen vehicle worthy of her flinty brilliance.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Rural life is familiar terrain for British cinema, but with Barnard as our guide, it remains an enthralling destination.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Wilson and Stanley are both excellent performers and they are the mainstays of a valuable piece of work, but I felt the ending was contrived and a bit grandiloquent.

3.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Once again, Barnard delivers an intimate take on a difficult subject, raising anticipation for her future work should she decide to scale up.

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Independent

Independent

press

This is a powerful film with a grinding intensity about it. Light relief it isn't but Dark River still has quite an impact.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A moving, North of England-set portrait of marginalised working-class cultures and the resilience of damaged children.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This is a wilder, bigger thing than just another farmyard sink drama. There may be little you haven't seen elsewhere, but there's no denying the skill here.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

There's scarcely room here for improvement at the level of craft or performance; in particular, it's gratifying to see leading lady Ruth Wilson headlining a big-screen vehicle worthy of her flinty brilliance.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Rural life is familiar terrain for British cinema, but with Barnard as our guide, it remains an enthralling destination.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Wilson and Stanley are both excellent performers and they are the mainstays of a valuable piece of work, but I felt the ending was contrived and a bit grandiloquent.

3.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Once again, Barnard delivers an intimate take on a difficult subject, raising anticipation for her future work should she decide to scale up.

0
Independent

Independent

press

This is a powerful film with a grinding intensity about it. Light relief it isn't but Dark River still has quite an impact.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A moving, North of England-set portrait of marginalised working-class cultures and the resilience of damaged children.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This is a wilder, bigger thing than just another farmyard sink drama. There may be little you haven't seen elsewhere, but there's no denying the skill here.

3.0
0

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