Women Talking

Women Talking ★★★★

"This story ends before you were born."

This is a hauntingly stark and often brutal film of a group of women deciding what to do with their colony when they have an opportunity to make a choice in the face of a group of violent and depraved men.

This is not the film I was expecting. It felt like I was watching a documentary more than anything else. There is no forced drama. There is no last minute twist. There is nothing but an important truth that the film is trying to desperately communicate about the patriarchy and how its effects ripple throughout society. The film is scary, sometimes downright horrifying, heavy on the heart, and leaves you wondering about the future.

Jessie Buckley was the standout for me personally but Rooney Mara and Claire Foy, and especially Ben Whishaw all added to an excellent cast. The director, Sarah Polley, also conducted a great Q&A session.

This is not an easy film to watch and it was never intended to be, which may have been the point. However, it is an important film to watch and one worth seeing.

(TIFF 2022 - #6)

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