Dark River


Drama / Mystery / Thriller


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as Alice
as Joe Bell
as Richard Bell
as Young Alice
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01 hr 30 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by maurice yacowar 8 / 10

A Yorkshire farm family lives out a curse as harsh and ineluctable as a Greek tragedy.
The life here is elemental. There are threats of fire and purges in rain. The living quarters are primitive, dark, basic. The men are rough-hewn and violent. The sex is brief, impersonal and urgent. The only modern device is the buzzing shearer. When the guard dog breaks its tether it straightaway mauls a sheep, what it was supposed to protect.
This is no Wonderland that this Alice ploughs through, stolid and capable. We see her shear and dip sheep efficiently as a man. For dinner she skins and guts a rabbit, but is drawn from its domestic cooking by her brother Joe's drunken aberrancy. She has to fight off his attempt to burn her Range Rover. As Alice, Ruth Wilson is most expressive in her harrowing silences.
The primeval sin is the father's habitual violation of the young Alice. He is all the more sinister for his gentle, tender mien. He didn't need Joe's violence.
In shame and anger, Alice spent 15 years working sheep farms wherever she could find them, before her father's death enabled her return. As Joe notes, she is still frightened anew every time she enters a room. Her father haunts her still.
And yet.... She has to return to the land. She draws on her father's promise to leave it to her, however poisoned it is by her experience. She applies for its tenancy. She fights Joe in an attempt to bring her new savvy to the operation. Ultimately she loses when he wins the tenancy on the promise to sell out to a developer.
The Joe we see is a drunken incompetent lout with his father's male authority. He is violent but has no sand. For he is as scarred by his father's sin as Alice is. He doesn't realize that until she spells it out: "Why didn't you stop him?" His rage and self-destruction are based in that guilt.
Joe gets his redemption at the end. He assumes the guilt for the murder Alice accidentally committed. Finally he protects her.
Both are strengthened by this cleansing, the confrontation of their curse. So the film closes on an idyllic shot of the two siblings, as teenagers, walking out of the shadowed barn down into their realm of shining fields. It's probably not a memory but a metaphor for the relationship they have now snatched away from their father's shadow.
The title has no literal representation in the film. It's antithetic to the waterfall in which Alice twice goes to cleanse herself. Another generation of teens repair there too, possibly without her curse to ablute. The dark river is the family's secret guilt that has rushed through their lives ever since.

Reviewed by Frame-By-Frame 8 / 10

A welcome change from the British film industry away from lame comedies and its obsession with the plight of minorities and urban dramas to this excellent but disturbing Northern masterpiece. You certainly won't leave the cinema uplifted but if you're a drama fan you'll be well satisfied. I was more shocked than I thought I would to see the lasting effect of child abuse. This is really the foundation of the film which shows how the effects of a dark family secret can resonate for ever. Some excellent strong performances by the actors. This is a very visual film and the use of audio to enhance the impact of the scenes is well worth a special mention.

My rating 8/10 Highly recommended if you like powerful dramas

Reviewed by djbaxter-980-742507 8 / 10

It's a sad story of family trauma and an attempt to go home many years later. The photography is superb. The acting is powerful. It works very well as a film overall. I don't want to say any more at the risk of spoiling it for you if you haven't yet seen it but it is well worth watching.

As for the negative reviews, I suggest you ignore them. This was never intended to be a super-hero action movie. It's a drama and it does what it sets out to do very well.

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