Women Talking

Women Talking ★★★½

An often beautiful film that unfortunately can’t seem to fully escape a layer of artifice, its emotional beats and dialogue a tad too telegraphed and precise, its drab visuals intentionally sapped of any warmth when its script calls for much more. Given that, it’s still impressive what Polley accomplishes here, juggling a full ensemble and making us buy into the emotionality of the characters even if their circumstances and setups are fairly repetitive (and one note) from beginning to end. The cast is as uniformly good as expected, and Guðnadóttir’s score is absolutely stunning. It does a lot of heavy lifting, but who cares when it’s that good?


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