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Toronto Film Festival: 'Keeping Room' a window into women, Civil War
Toronto Film Festival: 'Keeping Room' a window into women, Civil War

The new film “The Keeping Room” opens with a quotation from Civil War Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, who declares, “War is cruelty ... the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.” The story confirms the idea by opening with violent, disturbing depictions of humans acting inhumanely to other humans, but then proceeds to defy it by showing its main characters rising to the challenges of extraordinary situations to show their best selves. As the Civil War nears its end, Augusta (Brit Marling in another fine performance), her younger sister Louise (Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld) and their family slave Mad (discovery Muna Otaru) are on a remote farm in the...

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