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Little Woods

96% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes

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.

"Featuring a dynamite turn from Tessa Thompson as a parolee looking for one last opiod score before going straight, Nia DaCosta's...compelling drama tells you what's it like living down-and-out in the USA."

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"This startlingly accomplished debut feature by Nia DaCosta has the eyes and ears of a documentary - the opioid crisis is everywhere, the nearest hospital is far away - but the heart of a drama, and a stirring one."

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"With a confident eye and economy of storytelling, DaCosta crafts a fiercely feminist and sensitive family portrait"

Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service