The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open ★★★½

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is a well made and moving film that so powerfully demonstrates the heartbreak and struggles of victims of abuse. The film takes place in real-time, so there aren’t any time cuts throughout the movie, which works really well yet sadly also detracts from the film just a bit for me. This tactic worked so well in creating tension, emotional beats, and powerful silences between the two strangers and main characters, while also uncomfortably immersing you in their story. However, no matter how well the tactic worked in that regard, the slow and awkward pacing made it feel like this would have almost been better as a short film—there are large portions of the film without any dialogue or things happening on the screen that’s a little distracting from the actual story. However, the camerawork and directing is very very strong, and the story is so well presented and emotionally driven, it’d be hard to not feel anything while watching this powerful film, even during the awkward slow bits. Beautifully well made film, I’d love to see more work from Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers.

7/10.