Friday, January 20, 2023

Women Talking

Friday night, Sharon and I saw Women Talking at the Tower Theater. This is part of our annual odyssey to watch the potential Oscar Best Picture candidates. currently has the film as one of the top ten favorites to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Women Talking is an American drama film written and directed by Sarah Polley. It is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Miriam Toews. The book was inspired by real-life events that occurred at the Manitoba Colony in Bolivia.

It is a story of a group of women in an isolated religious colony who struggle to reconcile their faith after a series of sexual assaults.

The film stars Rooney Mara [Carol, Her, Loin, Nightmare Alley], Claire Foy [The Crown - Season one], Jessie Buckley [The Lost Daugther], Judith Ivey, Ben Whishaw [Q in No Time to Die], and Frances McDormand, who is also a producer on the film.

Knowing that the film is based on a true story makes it difficult to watch. The performances by Foy, Buckley and Mara are solid, but I am not sure that I recommend that anyone goes out of their way to find the movie. It will be interesting to see if the movie is actually nominated for an Oscar. In the last couple months, the Goldderby odds of Mara, Foy, Buckley and Whishaw getting acting Oscar nominations has fallen dramatically.

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