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The Levelling

One day, Clover, who is finishing up veterinary training, finds out that her brother just died. Aghast, she returns to her family's farm on the Somerset Levels, which she quickly discovers to be in awful condition. Now, she must try to understand her family's luckless situation --- as well as her brother's disturbing death.
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We Got This Covered by David James

The Levelling is a wonderful first feature from Hope Dickson Leach. Morose beyond measure, but leavened with subtle hope via Ellie Kendrick's superb central performance.
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Empire by David Parkinson

Unflinching in its depiction of rural reality, this may be a dour drama, but it has been made with sincerity and an exceptional sense of place.
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Variety by Jessica Kiang

The Levelling is an intimate story, waterlogged with guilt, grief and blame, but it explores this dark spectrum with such unsentimental honesty that its tiny moments of uplift, when its repressed characters form tentative connections despite themselves, are magnified and moving.
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Time Out London by Trevor Johnston

A somewhat dour, slightly clenched viewing experience perhaps, but delivered with admirable insight, control, and nuanced subtlety by all concerned. It stays in the mind long afterwards.

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