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The Keeping Room is a 2014 American action drama film directed by Daniel Barber and written by Julia Hart. The film stars Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, Sam Worthington, Amy Nuttall, and Ned Dennehy. It was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[3] The film was in a limited release in the United States on September 25, 2015, by Drafthouse Films.[4] The film was made available on Netflix US on May 4, 2016.[5]

The Keeping Room
The Keeping Room Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDaniel Barber
Produced by
Written byJulia Hart
Music byMartin Phipps
CinematographyMartin Ruhe
Edited byÁlex Rodríguez
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 2014 (2014-09) (TIFF)
  • September 25, 2015 (2015-09-25) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$31,168[2]



Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women—two white sisters and one African-American slave—must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army. Moses, one of these "bummers" (soldiers sent in advance to forage for food, and find any deserters or survivors), warns Augusta, the elder sister: "Uncle Billy's coming, burning down everything in his path. Rest assured, it will be cruel."



The film was first announced in October 2012.[10] Hart's script was inspired by her learning that her friends had two skeletons dating from the Civil War in their backyards and wondering how they got there.[11] Initially the film was to star Olivia Wilde;[7] she later left and was replaced by Brit Marling.[6] Sam Worthington rounded out the cast in April 2013.[9]


Principal photography began in June 2013 in Bucharest, Romania, and ended on July 18, 2013.[12]


The Keeping Room received mixed to positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 74% rating, averaging a 6.39/10 score, sampled from 84 reviews. The consensus states: "Aided by its spare setting and committed performances, The Keeping Room is just fascinatingly off-kilter enough to overcome its frustrating stumbles."[13] On Metacritic, it has a score of 58 out of 100, based on 21 critics' reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]

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  1. ^ "THE KEEPING ROOM (15)". British Board of Film Classification. February 23, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Keeping Room (2015) - International Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. December 6, 2015. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Punter, Jennie (July 22, 2014). "Toronto Film Festival Lineup Includes Denzel Washington's 'Equalizer,' Kate Winslet's 'A Little Chaos'". Variety. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "The Keeping Room". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  5. ^ Pease, Jasmin. "New Releases on Netflix US (May 4, 2016)". Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Hofmann, Tess (April 25, 2013). "Olivia Wilde Out, Brit Marling In For 'The Keeping Room' With Hailee Steinfeld". Indiewire. The Playlist (blog). Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Armitage, Hugh (October 31, 2013). "Olivia Wilde, Hailee Steinfeld star in 'The Keeping Room'". Digital Spy. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  8. ^ Obenson, Tambay (November 25, 2013). "Muna Civil War Thriller 'The Keeping Room' (First Look)". Indiewire. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Fleming, Mike, Jr (April 29, 2013). "Sam Worthington to Star in 'The Keeping Room'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  10. ^ The Deadline Team (October 30, 2013). "AFM: Wind Dancer Films to Finance, Produce 'The Keeping Room', Daniel Barber Will Direct". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  11. ^ Bahr, Lindsey. "'The Keeping Room' shows violence, feminism in Civil War". Associate Press. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  12. ^ Blaga, Iulia (July 16, 2013). "The Keeping Room About to Wrap Shooting in Romania". Film New Europe. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Keeping Room (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  14. ^ "The Keeping Room". Metacritic. Retrieved September 26, 2015.

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