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The Levelling

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United Kingdom
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2017

Rated R · 1h 23m

Director Hope Dickson Leach
Starring Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden, Joe Blakemore

Genre Drama

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Just finishing up her veterinary training, Clover finds out that her brother has unexpectedly died. Aghast, she returns to her family's farm on the Somerset Levels and quickly discovers it to be in awful condition. Now, she must try to understand her family's luckless situation—and 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.
80

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.
80

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.