Following the early promise of her exceptional directorial debut, away from herthe mature complexity of his second feature film, take this waltzand the brute force of his third feature film, the intimate and personal documentary, stories we tellmoviegoers have spent a long time wondering when the actress-turned-filmmaker sarah poley I would return to the director’s chair. It’s been a long decade since his work has been on the big screen. Although she has remained active with a few projects, including Netflixminiseries of , aka graceand the Canadian web series, Hey woman!Polley has been conspicuously absent from the movie scene, with his fourth feature film long overdue. Fortunately, the time has come for Polley’s long-awaited return. she is back with women talkinga surely sterling adaptation of miriam toews‘ 2018 novel of the same name, and is expected to be a top contender for the awards. quickly approaches his Telluride Film Festival premiere, so we should have an idea of what to expect soon. But in the meantime, the official teaser poster has just been revealed.
Though the ensemble piece boasts an all-star cast, including rooney mara, Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy, Judith Ivey, ben whiskeyY Frances McDormand, the poster does not highlight their familiar faces. Instead, it presents an image of two women holding hands, preparing to face the dangers that lie in wait in what will turn out to be a harrowing film. The story centers on a group of isolated women in a religious community who must grapple with reconciling the reality of their faith, and while it will explore the horrific consequences of violence and hardship, Polley notes in a statement that her latest film is intended to be a moving exploration of what it means to try to push yourself to produce a better future.
In ‘women talking‘, a group of women, many of whom disagree on essential things, have a conversation to discover how they could move forward together to build a better world for themselves and their children. Although the backstory behind the events in ‘women talking is violent, the film is not. We never see the violence that women have experienced. We only see brief glimpses of the aftermath. Instead, we see a community of women coming together as they must decide, in a very short time, what their collective response will be.
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In fact, as the plot synopsis would suggest, women talking it has the power to be one of the most relevant and powerful films of our time, and Polley wanted to honor the insight and resilience of Toews’ novel.
When I read Miriam Toews’s book, it sank deep into me and raised questions and thoughts about the world I live in that I had never articulated. Questions about forgiveness, faith, power systems, trauma, healing, guilt, community, and self-determination. She also left me disconcertingly hopeful. I imagined this film in the realm of a fable. While the film’s story is specific to a small religious community, I felt it needed a large canvas, an epic scope through which to reflect the enormity and universality of the questions raised in the film. To this end, it was felt imperative that the film’s visual language breathe and expand. I wanted to feel in every painting the infinite potential and possibility contained in a conversation about how to remake a broken world.
Produced by McDormand and executive produced by Brad Pitt, women talking It features a lot of star power in front of and behind the camera, and if it does well during this year’s film festival circuits, the film could very well be at the forefront of this year’s Oscar race. We don’t have long to wait to see how the film will pan out, and given the success of Polley’s previous films, we should expect another deep and resonant work from this exceptional talent who has been away from the big screen for far too long. .
women talking will play in select theaters on December 2, followed by a wide expansion on Christmas Day. Take a look at his teaser poster below: