Women Who Talk: Plot, Cast, Release Date, and Everything We Know

A group decision is never easy. In Captain America: Civil War, the decision to respect or protest the Sokovia Accords tore the Avengers in two. The winners of the Hunger Games could not decide how best to attack the Capitol and their nemesis, President Snow, and the resulting mixed intentions resulted in several significant deaths. Sarah Polley’s next film, Women Who Talk, tells the story of women from a small Mennonite community who must decide what to do when heinous crimes are committed against them.

The Mennonites are a group of people originally descended from the Anabaptists, a 16th-century Reform Movement. Like other conventual and communal religious groups, Mennonites live a way of life under strict rules: believers’ baptism, avoidance of the excommunicated, and overall a life was withdrawn from society. Mennonite groups are seen as tightly knit, highly disciplined, and, until the 20th century, excluded from most societies. In most cases, religious beliefs, social and family roles, and dominant culture are all rolled into one; Women Who Talk shows how a decision unravels the identity of Mennonite women.

Women Who Talk: The Plot

The central plot of women who talk includes themes from significant works of recent years, including Under the banner of heaven, true detective, et White noise.

A real horrible crime has taken place in Bolivia. Men had systematically drugged and sexually assaulted members of the colony as well as close neighbors. Miriam Toews, author of women who talk, the book the film is based on, took the story of this true crime and told the story with a focus on Mennonite women. Her goal was to shatter the perception that Mennonite women were extremists, cultists, freaks, or even social outcasts. She wanted to present them as human beings trying to rectify the opposing facets of their identity.

Toews summed up the gist of the story in an NPR article:

“There are eight women, two families, different generations, teenage girls and then their mothers and grandmothers, and all the women have been assaulted, have been raped, including the young children of the women there, and they have two days, 48 ​​hours, to know what to do. The options they are considering are to stay and fight, to leave and do nothing.

The film keeps this plot to a tee. The women’s “council” described by Toews takes place in a hayloft. After the recent arrests of the perpetrators, several men stepped forward to bail them out, obscuring the consequences the attackers faced. Women are ill-equipped: illiterate, isolated and systematically disenfranchised as a group. Together, they must decide… Should they stay in the colony, their longtime familiar home? Should they leave and give up their chance to enter the “kingdom of heaven?” Should they fight against the injustices they have faced, even if it means causing a schism in the colony? Should they offer forgiveness? Or, more exactly, how can they after the heinous crimes committed? Which parts of their identity take precedence: Mennonite, daughter, wife, woman or victim?

Women Who Talk: the actors and the technical team

The film stars Rooney Mara (Carol, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network)Claire Foy (First Man, The Girl in The Spider’s Web, The Crown), Jessie Buckley (I’m thinking of ending things, Wild Rose)Ben Wishaw (It’s Gonna Hurt, Cloud Atlas, Mary Poppins Returns)et Frances McDormand (Fargo, Nomadland, Good Omens).

In addition to the central actors, women who talk also starring Judith Ivey, Sheila McCarthy, Michelle McLeod, Emily Mitchell, Liv McNeil, Kate Hallett, August Winter, Kira Guloien and Shayla Brown.

The film was written and directed by Sarah Polley as an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Miriam Toews. women who talk marks the fourth feature film by Sarah Polley, behind Stories we tell, take this waltzet away from her. It is produced by Frances McDormand, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

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Release date

The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2022. It will be released in theaters on December 2, 2022.

Everything we know

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sarah Polley attributes part of the film’s success to its predecessors, Moonlight et Nomadland. Both films deal with heavy themes, interpersonal journeys, and main characters with complex and multifaceted identities.

“But I didn’t expect to be able to do what I do. I never thought that was a possibility. And that represents the best of the best of the last 10 years, and I think that represents a shift in our industry.

And it started with “Moonlight”. Our poster reads: “From the producers of ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Nomadland,’ a Sarah Polley film, written, adapted and directed by Sarah Polley. These three things together are, for me, a real game-changer in the industry. The moment “Moonlight” not only existed, but was not recognized as it should have changed something in our industry that needs to be recognized. It is time for real shifts in the power paradigm.

“Moonlight” and “Nomadland” — those two movies and those two filmmakers — changed the conversation, and “Women Talking” is a direct descendant of that. Now it’s up to the public. They need to take some responsibility and keep the conversation going. »

This collaboration with Sarah Polly, Frances McDormand and, by extension, Miriam Toews, resulted in a poignant film about femininity, identity and freedom.

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