The Levelling

Certificate 15

(2016) 83 mins

Director: Hope Dickson Leach
Writers: Hope Dickson Leach
Cinematography: Nanu Segal
Production Design: Sarah Finlay
Music: Hutch Demouilpied


Somerset, October 2014. When trainee vet Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) receives a call telling her that her younger brother Harry (Joe Blakemore) is dead, she must return to the family farm and face the man she hasn’t spoken to in years: her father Aubrey (David Troughton). She is shocked to discover her home changed forever by the devastating floods that destroyed the area six months earlier, and Aubrey a tormented shadow of his former self. As she learns what has been going on in her long absence she and her father forge a new understanding, but can it withstand the troubles that they face on the ravaged farm as well as the truth of what drove Harry to take his own life?

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“Kendrick, putting in a star-making performance here, gives Clover a tendency to speak in ‘blurts’, as years of bottled up issues, including being sent to boarding school and the earlier death of her mother, spurt out with increasing frequency despite her efforts to stem them. Aubrey, meanwhile, has taken refuge in a long-cultivated gruff persona as though he hasn’t got time for mourning. . .  The slight flirtation with melodrama towards the climax may not be for everyone, but the yearning for understanding that lies at the heart of this film is something anyone can relate to, wherever they live.  Eye for Film
The Levelling is tender, sombre and wholly convincing in the way it describes the complex relationships that a parent shares with their child.”  World Cinema Guide
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