The Holding

Synopsis: In the countryside of England, lonely farmer Nancy raises her daughters Hanna and Amy with financial difficulties in her farm with her only employee Cooper since her husband has disappeared a long time ago. Her neighbor Karsten and his son intend to buy her farm and are pressing the family in an abusive way. Out of the blue, wanderer Aden appears in the farm and helps Nancy with the delivery of the offspring. Aden explains that he was a friend of her husband Dean in an offshore rig and he offers to work for food and lodging. Nancy accepts the offer and soon she has a love affair with Aden. But either Nancy or Aden have dark secrets.
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Susan Jacobson
  1 win & 1 nomination.
89 min

(Rustling, light thud)

(Branches snapping)



(Breathing heavily)



(Breathing heavily)


(Planks thudding)

(Man grunting)


(Girl) What are you doing?

(Sheep bleating)

(Stereo playing music)


(Turns stereo off)

You're not seeing anyone?

In town? A boy?


If I was, I wouldn't tell you.

- (Engine starts)

- Everyone has secrets.

It's how the world works, isn't it?

Come on.


(Moos, yelps)

- Won't be long now, lass.

- (Horn beeps)

Good girl.

Looks like weather.

Not till eight, I'd say, give or take.

History repeats itself.

Our Jack's birthday,

25 years ago today.

Born about eight.

Moment he screamed,

pissed it down.

How's our mother-to-be?

I reckon she'll drop that calf

next 24 hour.

I were going to Jack's for t'weekend,

but I could always...

No, we'll be fine.

I'll get the girls to help with the slurry.

(Motor whirring)


Are you ready?

- You're not trying!

- Shut up!

I'm 16, I'm not supposed to be helping pump

- gallons of shit out the ground.

- Hannah. Hannah.

Supposed to have a life!

- (Engine off)

- (Thunder rumbles)


I can wait on it.

Milk yields are down

and I'm being pressed on prices,

- next month should be...

- It's fine.

Guttering's blocked.

I can't get up there meself anymore.

See if I can get our Jack to come over

sometime next week.

Thank you.

For everything.

(Thunder rumbling)

Ten past eight. Be about right, eh?


Don't you ever put anything away?

Hear Karsten's buying your place.

I'm not selling. To anybody.


Put it on account.

If you like

- Karsten, was there something...

- Yes.

I've cash.

Give me the word and I'll pay you tomorrow.

You can't last another winter,

not with these prices.

This is my home.

Then I've an alternative proposition.


Karsten, I...

(Lighter clicks)

(Lighter clicks)

(Door slams)



(Wind whistling)

(Birds tweeting)

- Broken glass, broken lies.

- What?

That's what Coop says.

- Broken glass...

- I heard.

Amy, Coop's a lovely man,

but that's just an old wives' tale.

And don't dare tell him I said that.

(Cow groaning)

- (Cassie) Hannah. Hannah!

- (Cow wailing)

Hannah, did you get through to the vet?


- Hannah, the vet!

- Another hour.

Shit! The calf's too big

- we'll lose them both.

You can't let them die.

- Fetch the biggest knife you can.

- What are you gonna do?

- We'll have to cut it out.

- You can't kill it!

I can't afford to lose the mother. Go!

Hello, sweetness.

Where's your mum?

(Strained groaning)

This is not good.

This calf has to come out now.

Easy, girl, easy.

Dystocia Did you call a vet?

An hour. We're going to get the calf out.

- We could save the cow.

- Do you want to save both?

Get some boiled water,

twine and a sacking needle.

- (Mooing)

- Sh, sh, sh. It's all right, girl.

(Rapid grunting)

- Whisper in her ear.

- What?

You Know the Three Blind Mice?

Whisper that,

- (Shrieking)

- Hold her steady, best you can.

- (Hannah) I've got her.

- Go on.

(Whispers) Three blind mice

Three blind mice

See how they run

- See how they run

- (Cow quietens)

They all run after the farmer's wife

Who cut off their tails

with a carving knife

Did you ever see

such a thing in your life

As three blind mice

- Again.

- Three blind mice

See how they run

- OK.

- See how they run

They all run after the farmer's wife

- (Pained lowing)

- Who cut off their tails with a carving knife

Three blind mice

Three blind mice

- Here we go.

- See how they run

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