Women Talking

Women Talking ★★★★

TIFF Film #19

WOMEN TALKING is a self-contained drama about a subset of women from a religious colony talking and deciding what is best for all women of the colony. Crimes have been committed against these women time and time again and they need to seriously discuss what they should do for the health and safety. With such a dialogue-heavy film, the performances are paramount to the film’s success. And the ensemble cast provides such powerful performances that I’d be hard-pressed to pick whose performance I liked the most.

Writer and director Sarah Polley has created an impressive adaptation of Miriam Toews novel. Sensitive, thoughtful, and focused on the women and not the crimes that were committed to them. It’s an inspiring and heartbreaking journey with these women who have decided enough is enough and that they need to change things for themselves.

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