Sometimes to move on from life we have to leave home and move to pastures new. There’s also a time in life all paths lead us back home like in Clio Barnard’s Dark River.
The returning home story arc may not be a new discovery in the cinematic world, but it’s curious to see how different directors put a spin on that arc. British director Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant) puts her spin on a story of a woman (Ruth Wilson)returning home after 15 years.After the death of her father sees her fighting with her brother.
Arrow Films have sent us the UK Trailer, check it out…
Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns home to Yorkshire for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy of the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. Once there she encounters her older brother Joe (Mark Stanley) a man she barely recognizes, worn down by years of struggling to keep the farm going whilst caring for their sick father. Joe is thrown by Alice’s sudden arrival, angered by her claim and finds her presence increasingly impossible to deal with. Battling to regain control in a fraught and fragile situation, Alice must confront traumatic memories and family betrayals to find a way to restore the farm and salvage the bond with her brother before both are irrevocably lost.
Mark Stanley plays the brother with Sean Bean playing the father (ironically ‘dead’ character), the movie also featuring a new song by PJ Harvey.
Dark River is released in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on 23 February 2018.