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
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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.

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
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
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.

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
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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
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.

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
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
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.

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
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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

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