Little Woods 103 mins

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A taut and affecting thriller about sisters pushed to extremes from award-winning director Nia DaCosta.

Ollie (Tessa Thompson) is a reformed drug runner in an economically depressed small town in North Dakota, who was caught coming back from Canada with medicine for her terminally ill mother and has been toeing the line ever since. After her mother dies, Ollie’s sister Deb (Lily James) shows up on her doorstep with a hungry child and an unplanned pregnancy. Ollie can only see one viable option: quickly raise money to pay back the bank and hold onto their mother’s home, so Deb can raise her family safely away from her abusive ex. But to do that, she’ll need to return to the dangerous way of life she thought she’d left behind.

Writer/director Nia DaCosta won Tribeca Film Festival’s 2018 Nora Ephron Award for this emotionally-charged small-town modern Western about two women in rural America. Their sister bond, beautifully exemplified by the authentic and lived-in relationship between Tessa Thompson’s Ollie and Lily James’ Deb, is what keeps them connected but can also tie them down. 

'Tessa Thompson and Lily James give breathtaking performance.' Village Voice

'Deeply affecting. before you know it. you're overwhelmed.' - Flavorwire

'A stunning piece of cinematic artwork.' - BGN

WINNER – Nora Ephron Prize for excellence in storytelling

San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Best US Indie Narrative Feature

Little Woods is very personal and very touching, and it makes a compelling argument as to why good people do bad things, a tried-and-true motif that has become a staple of the new westerns emerging today.
Nia DaCosta's absorbing debut is laced with urgent dread, experienced by characters you care deeply about.
Village Voice
Starts Thu 16 May at:
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