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Little Woods, North Dakota, a fracking boomtown well beyond its prime. Ollie is trying to survive the last few days of her probation after getting caught illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border. But when her mother dies, she is thrust back into the life of her estranged sister Deb (James), who is facing her own crisis with an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex. The two find they have one week to settle the mortgage on their mother's house or face foreclosure. As 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 or to leave it all behind. A taught and affecting thriller about sisters pushed to extremes from award-winning director Nia DaCosta.


  • Tessa Thompson
  • Lily James
  • Lance Reddick
  • Luke Kirby
  • James Badge Dale
  • Elizabeth Maxwell
  • Luci Christian
  • Joe Stevens
  • Lawrence Varnado
  • Brandon Potter

Did You Know?


  • Lily James, who plays Deb, played Deborah in Baby Driver.
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5.0 out of 5


Apr 18, 2019

At its core, Little Woods is a film that is grounded in reality, highlighting a complicated sisterhood and the perseverance of two flawed women facing life-or-death circumstances.

Metacritic review by Candice Frederick
Candice Frederick
Jan 15, 2019

Less relentlessly bleak than Winter's Bone, which along with Frozen River is an obvious inspiration here, 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.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
Jan 15, 2019

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

Metacritic review by David D'Arcy
David D'Arcy
Screen International