Dark River

Dark River

DVD - 2018
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Following the death of her father, Alice returns to her home village for the first time in fifteen years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.


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Jun 23, 2020

Although Barnard creates a fair bit of tension with "Dark River", she also has a case of "angst in her pants". It fails by making the Wilson character a bit too one dimensional and not doing more exploration of the family problems. The ending didn't seem very well thought out and/or the producer ran out of money.

Dec 15, 2019

It has taken me several films to realize (IMO) the acting gifts of Ruth Wilson. Frequently she portrays rather joyless characters so very well, just with her facial expressions. I've come to have great respect for her, especially writing & portraying her own grandmother in Mrs. Wilson. Sean Bean's acting talents have aged well & I nearly always enjoy his skills.

This was bleak, vivid imagery of the Ridings; the poverty in GB following WWI lasted for decades. Tenants are/were treated much like serfs. I liked the reality of sheep farming, the drudgery, hard labor and poor quality of life too many tenants lived. Sheep dip after shearing is so harsh to the nose it can make grown men weep.

Overall, rating this as enjoyment doesn't fit....I found it riveting, educational, thought provoking & worth my time. As for animal cruelty, visual manipulation was excellent and people do hunt rabbits/hares for food, it's just not commonly filmed. The knackerman is a fact of life whether one eats meat or not. This is a reality film without celebrity or fluff.

Oct 29, 2019

I have seen this actress in several productions; she is not a favorite.

Jun 10, 2019

depressing and what was the point? to much money and not enough story

May 24, 2019

A lot of mental illness because of hurts in this movie.

Dec 09, 2018

Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh 🍅 78%

Nov 28, 2018

Gloomy, slow.

Nov 22, 2018

It is involved with animal cruelty. I don’t know if it’s real or not. It’s too violent on the animals. Sad movie also. People who experienced sexual abuse need to learn to face it than struggle and stay with it. Painful.

Nov 02, 2018

A very bleak present life cannot be even slightly relieved until the past has been confronted and somewhat resolved. Even then, there is only hope that the present will be a little satisfying.

Oct 31, 2018

A film that I wanted to watch because it starred Ruth Wilson but wish to forget afterwards. An utterly joyless bleak drama on a dark familial past in a rural isolated Yorkshire farm. But unlike other similar films, it breaks no new ground other than a few pointers on the hardship in running a farm with next to no resource.

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Oct 31, 2018

Sparse dialogue. Only interesting line is off the main topic but on sheep farming:

It's shepherd's needle. You don't see it very often. Not round here, anyway. When it comes through its seed pods, they look like a needle. When you cut it for silage, all you end up doing is... killing everything that's under it. In one acre of hay meadow... you've got 400 million insects. 600 million mites. Two million spiders. Burnet moths. Butterflies, bees. Voles, shrews. Yeah, yeah...
I can clip flock, cut bale and wrap silage.
We gotta do summat!
Can you call knacker man?
Dover. To pick up spuds. I used to get over to Ireland. On wagons, like. Yeah, it were great. Ferry and that. Most of the time, just been grafting here, you know what it's like.

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