The Keeping Room

Synopsis: Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women - two 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.
Genre: Drama, Western
Director(s): Daniel Barber
Production: Drafthouse Films
  3 wins & 8 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.0
Metacritic:
58
Rotten Tomatoes:
74%
R
Year:
2014
95 min
$27,166
Website
485 Views


everything, surrounded by all of its OUT BUILDINGS.

-- A PEN in a field with a single GOAT.

-- The KEEPING ROOM, a cabin-sized stand alone structure,

connected to the house by a WALKWAY.

-- The BARN.

And then, people:

LOUISE and MAD.

Louise is 16 and white. Mad is 30 and black. Both work

the field. Their clothes are worn and dirty.

It’s quiet, save for the noises of their hoes in the

earth.

Until...

A GUNSHOT.

The two women start. Everything stands stock still.

They hear a RUSTLING from the WOODS. They TURN.

Mad raises her HOE.

AND THEN --

A WOMAN emerges from the woods. SOMBER and STOIC.

A GOLDEN TEMPEST of hair mussed about her face and

falling down past her shoulders, her dirty dress tied up

around her legs, her boots worn and muddy.

She holds a RIFLE in her hands, but nothing else.

This is AUGUSTA.

Mad lowers her hoe, relieved.

Augusta walks towards the other women, their EYES

hopeful.

(CONTINUED)

5.

But when she walks past them the anger in her eyes tells

them all they need to know: there will be no meat

tonight.

INT. KEEPING ROOM - EVENING

The Keeping Room is self-contained. A little house unto

itself:
easy to heat, easy to cool. The small room is

overwhelmed by a large FARM TABLE in the middle. Cabinets

containing JARS and DRIED GOODS stand next to the door.

Windows line the one to the right. A SMALL STOVE is to

the left.

At the end of the table opposite the door is the

FIREPLACE. Pots bubble and spew inside it. The family’s

history hangs above the fire in the form of tintypes,

poppets, dried flowers, an OLD HAT, and several more pots

and pans.

The room is lit up not only by the fire, but also by

small OIL LAMPS that sit in the windows.

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