The Keeping Room

The Keeping Room

DVD - 2016
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In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise and their female slave Mad. The pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants.
Publisher: [Austin, Texas] : Drafthouse Films, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
DVD-video, NTSC, rda
widescreen (1.85:1), rda
digital, optical, 5.1 surround, Dolby digital, rda
DVD video, 4 3/4 in., rda

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ruthnodus
Apr 22, 2017

Stumbled on it and it sounded interesting and it was a lucky find. Set in the Civil War it's about 3 young women , 2 sisters and their slave left behind in a seen better days mansion down South as the men have all gone off to fight the war. Starts off with a scene of senseless violence by 2 Union soldiers . One of them has an encounter with the feisty sister and decides to hunt her down, ''teach her a lesson''. They arrive in the night terrorizing the 3 women but they have met their match. The movie is truly touching and even 1 of the soldiers is given a touch of humanity--war can suck the decency out of many a soldier. It left me with a sense of how hard the war was even on those once pampered Southernbelles suddenly forced into survival mode and it ends with a beautiful twist as the three women bravely face whatever comes. I watched it over a second time with the commentary on.

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greatflicks
Jan 07, 2017

The acting was fine but would say this is a chick flick. Very slow and often hard to make out what the women were saying. Thought the ending was a bit odd.

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uncommonreader
Nov 11, 2016

Just violent.

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jimg2000
Sep 24, 2016

An ordinary civil war drama that began with a horrific scene but immediately turned into a backwoods home invasion story with a long boring setup near the end of the Civil War. BTW, the Sherman March was certainly not a directive to the "bummers" to rape or murder southern civilians, see "Quotes." And the heinous ordeal of the young slave was not at all uncommon, depicted in numerous present and past books and films, not to mention the still widely spread human trafficking trade. Chop off half of the first 40 minutes or so would make it a much better movie in mho.

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chriscoleman
Aug 07, 2016

It's the south during the end of the Civil War during Sherman's March. If you don't know about Sherman's March, it was General Tecumseh Sherman's brainchild that if he took his Union troops across the south burning and raping everything in his path, the war would end faster. It worked, but it devastated an entire country. Sherman's troops are on their way, but two rapists and serial killers are scouting ahead. They come across this small town where two sisters and their black servant are trying to survive. There are two graphic rapes in this film. But they do get even. :) If you like revenge flicks, this one's worth watching. The title of the film references the room where the black servant was taken when she was 8, where the master took slaves to rape them, the keeping room.

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downsman
Jul 26, 2016

I stumbled upon this title unexpectedly, never having heard of it. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It rises above budget limitations through solid performances, an absorbing story, and authenticity.

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LittleNoName
May 23, 2016

Kind of bored me at certain times, but made it through. Acting was very well done. Some violent scenes. Worth a watch.

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MGallagher
May 18, 2016

Very well made movie. Lots of suspense. Of course, there is a little bit of violence but nothing repulsive. Great actors as well. Worth the watch.

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jimg2000
Sep 24, 2016

At my second farm, there was this one shed we wasn't allowed in. All of the other buildings had their jobs... one for feed... one for tools. There was this one shed we was told never to go in, not to play near it, not to get curious.
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She's the nigger. She should do it.
-Like I told you, Louise, we all niggers now.
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You know how many battles I fought?
-Don't seem like many, easy as you went down.
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When you gonna learn? What don't happen don't matter. You just go on.
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There are many kinds of monsters in this world. You never know which one gonna be yours.

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jimg2000
Sep 24, 2016

Why are you doing this, Moses?
-Oh, me and him are bummers. We, uh... we're sent ahead to forage the land for food and ... deserters and sun-survivors. The whole army is behind... already took Georgia. Uncle Billy's coming, burning down everything in his path. Rest assured, it will be cruel.
(Wikipedia on Sherman's "bummers". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bummers )
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We can keep it safe.
-Keeping what? It's just walls, Augusta. Ain't nothing safe. Three women coming against a Union army don't mean nothing.
What if we was men instead of women'?

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