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Little Woods (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Led by standout work from Tessa Thompson, Little Woods tells a grimly absorbing tale that marks a commendable debut for writer-director Nia DaCosta.

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Little Woods, North Dakota, a fracking boomtown well beyond its prime. Ollie is trying to survive the last few days of her probation after getting caught illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border. But when her mother dies, she is thrust back into the life of her estranged sister Deb (James), who is facing her own crisis with an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex. The two find they have one week to settle the mortgage on their mother's house or face foreclosure. As bills and pressure mount, Ollie faces a choice: whether to return to a way of life she thought she'd left behind for just one more score or to leave it all behind. A taut and affecting thriller about sisters pushed to extremes from award-winning director Nia DaCosta.

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DaCosta, Thompson, and James have created something tense and timely and empathetic in Little Woods, further expanding the Western genre and adding another slice of American life to it.

February 25, 2020 | Full Review…

A taut and affecting thriller.

September 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The directorial debut by Nia DaCosta is a stunning, deep and thoughtful portrait of two marginalised women in America forgotten by city folk and the political class.

June 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's the kind of scenario we've often seen on screen, but the ambience is new and precisely evoked as a world of cruel contrasts.

May 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Little Woods" is a neo-western film that serves as a full deconstruction of what ails the United States of America through the eyes of women.

May 9, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's a testament to the strength of Thompson's performance, and DaCosta's control of tone and action, that for all the bleakness of this world, we keep watching.

May 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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