Loaft King’s review published on Letterboxd:
I would love to hear "and the Oscar goes to...Sarah Polley, Women Talking, adapted from the novel of the same name by Miriam Toews."
Sarah Polley is a Canadian film legend, and I just recently watched a different Miriam Toews (another Canadian!) adaptation in All My Puny Sorrows and enjoyed it. So this could only be good as well, and it was. Women Writing!
And acting of course, as Rooney Mara, Claire Foy and Jessie Buckley are all amazing, and in general the whole ensemble bring their A game. The score and direction are both understated in comparison, but are effective nonetheless. And the story itself is very impactful and as tired as the word has become, especially during Oscar season, important.
There's a system created by a society that does not value women. So after the most recent "attack" is seen by the women for once, the women decide they must do something about it. And so they talk, processing their thoughts, faith, and trauma out loud, while deciding and fighting about what their future will be. It's a quiet film filled with anger but also hope, for something better, for themselves and the generations to follow. And that's a talk, we should all be having.