The Levelling
The Levelling (2017)

Somerset, England. Trainee veterinarian Clover Catto returns to the farm where she grew up after hearing news that her brother Harry has died in what appears to be a suicide. Finding the family home in a state of horrendous disrepair… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 24, 2017
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2017
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Kendrick, uptight to the point of rage, really lives it, while first-time writer-director Hope Dickson Leach ensures we get the wider picture.

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Alistair Ryder
Film Inquiry

Although The Levelling is a familiar story of grief, it is told with an emotional incisiveness by a brand new talent that helps make it feel fresh.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Wants to tackle huge personal and societal problems - toxic masculinity; the collapse of traditional ways of life - but it only displays them freak-show style.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

A modestly scaled, superbly crafted drama with a powerful sense of place.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

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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Josh Slater-Williams
The Skinny

Ellie Kendrick's towering performance - palpably conveying a life's worth of built-up anxieties and sadness - should prove star-making.

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Jessica Kiang
Variety

[Leach] gets her hands dirty, bedding down into these difficult, truculent characters and plunging us deep into the chilly loam of her mournful, atmospheric story.

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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

It may sound bleak, but there is such life and compassion in every frame that the film's tune turns to a song of love.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard

EU rules. Insurance scams. Infectious diseases. These are all serious topics, yet it's when Leach fools around that The Levelling feels like it has something truly important to say.

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