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On digital: Dark River — ‘a strong case for page-to-screen adaptations’

On digital: Dark River — ‘a strong case for page-to-screen adaptations’

June 24
12:55 2018
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Directed by Clio Barnard, 2017

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Taking its title from Ted Hughes and its plot from Rose Tremain, Dark River makes a strong case for page-to-screen adaptations.

After a 15-year absence, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to establish her stake in the Yorkshire family farm following the death of her abusive father. There she encounters violence both present and past, in the form of her estranged brother and of flashbacks to her distressing childhood. Characters say little but reveal much — there are some beautifully understated performances here, notably from Wilson.

While Barnard’s grim vision of the north has a touch of cliché (heavy pathetic fallacy and potato-and-gravy dinners under grey dining room light), here it feels justified as the backdrop to a life lived in trauma’s wake.

★★★☆☆

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