WOMEN TALKING (2022) – My rating: 8.5/10

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Women Talking is a drama written and directed by Sarah Polley. It is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Miriam Toews and inspired by real-life events that occurred at the Manitoba Colony, a remote and isolated Mennonite community in Bolivia. Frances McDormand is also a producer on the film. Trailers for Women Talking revealed great acting and seemed to be a good plot. I saw the movie and was an emotional wreck by the end.  I give the writer all the accolades I can muster up.  Great film!

****  slight SPOILERS below  ****

In 2010, the women of an unnamed, isolated Mennonite colony discover that the men of the colony have been using cow tranquilizers to subdue and rape the women and girls of the colony. After the attackers are caught, they are arrested and imprisoned in the nearby city. Most of the men of the colony leave to oversee the bail of the attackers, leaving the women by themselves for two days to decide how they will proceed. A plebiscite (election) is held by the women of the colony to decide what will be done – whether they will stay and do nothing, stay and fight, or leave.

The vote is tied between staying and fighting and leaving. Nine of the colony’s women – Salome (Claire Foy), Ona (Rooney Mara), Mariche (Jessie Buckley), Agata (Judith Ivey), Greta (Sheila McCarthy), Mejal (Michelle McLeod), Autje (Kate Hallett), Nietje (Liv McNeil), and “Scarface” Janz (Frances McDormand),  band together at a local hayloft to come to a final decision, though Scarface, a “do-nothing” woman, leaves the meeting early after becoming disillusioned with the discussion. August (Ben Whishaw), the colony’s schoolteacher and one of the two remaining men, joins the women to take the minutes of their meeting, as none of the women have been taught to read or write. Some younger girls, Miep (Emily Mitchell), Anna (Kira Guloien), and Helena (Shayla Brown), were also present to contribute their thoughts to the decision-making. The second of the remaining men, Melvin (August Winter), is left in charge of keeping watch of the children, as well as warning the women of any outside developments.

The situation is deeper than you might imagine. The meeting between the women reveals the rules of the colony and the pros and cons that the outcome of their final decision might cause.  Each woman has their own issues and the story becomes unbearably heartfelt. As their trues become apparent, you will become more and more outraged that such a hideous situation even exists.  This movie is loaded with resentment and the need to filter out the likes of this kind of stinking thinking.  Movies are such an integral part of life, as some films tell unimaginable stories you never thought were possible.  Women Talking, for me, is one of those stories.  Everyone should see the film because it’s a real eye-opener.  The acting was outstanding and the director did an excellent job.

As of January 29th, Women Talking has grossed $2,351,615 Worldwide. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 90% based on 215 reviews, with an average rating of 8.2/10. The site’s critic’s consensus reads: “While Women Talking sometimes forsakes entertaining drama in favor of simply getting its points across, its message is valuable — and effectively delivered.” I highly recommend Women Talking which is back in theaters – Check It Out!

[WOMEN TALKING is Oscar-nominated for BEST: Picture and Writing (Adapted Screenplay) for a total of 2 nominations].

 

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