Little Woods

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Nia DaCosta's debut feature, nominated for Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca, follows two down-and-out estranged sisters trying to make ends meet.

"Ollie (Tessa Thompson, Creed) is just getting by in economically depressed Little Woods, a fracking boomtown in North Dakota. She has left her days of illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border behind her, eyeing a potential new job that would finally break her out of the small town. But when her mother dies, she is thrust back into the life of her estranged sister Deb (Lily James, Baby Driver), who is facing her own crisis with an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex (James Badge Dale, The Departed) ... As both bills and pressure mount, Ollie faces a choice: whether to return to a way of life she thought she’d left behind for just one more score." (Tribeca Film Festival)


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Crime, Drama, Festival & Independent


Rating: M Mature themes and coarse language


Hollywood Reporter


The life-on-the-margins drama makes a fine, tense vehicle for Tessa Thompson, who in the last few years has stood out in a variety of genres.

Screen International


Nia DaCosta's heartland tale, rough around some edges, is a promising feature debut.

Village Voice


Nia DaCosta's absorbing debut is laced with urgent dread, experienced by characters you care deeply about.

FilmInk (Australia)


The suspenseful quest for survival provides the stimulus for the whole transfixing and eye-opening running time.

Variety (USA)


[DaCosta] intuitively reveals a deeper dimension to both of her heroines by taking an extra beat at the beginning or end of scenes to observe their faces when no one else is watching.



It's a testament to the strength of Thompson's performance, and DaCosta's control of tone and action, that for all the bleakness of this world, we keep watching.

New York Times


Tessa Thompson emotionally expands "Little Woods," turning a small movie into something more than its textured parts.