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Director: Sarah Polley Run Time: 104 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2022
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey, Rooney Mara
A group of women in an isolated Mennonite community grapple with reconciling their reality with their faith after a string of sexual assaults committed by the colony’s men.
Sarah Polley is a Canadian filmmaker, political activist and former actress. She first garnered attention as a child actress for her role as Ramona Quimby in the television series Ramona, based on Beverly Cleary’s books. She has starred in many feature films, including The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Guinevere (1999), Go (1999), among others. Polley made her feature film directorial debut with Away from Her (2006), for which she won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Director and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Polley’s second film, Take This Waltz (2011), premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Her first documentary film, Stories We Tell (2012), was awarded the CAN$100,000 prize for best Canadian film of the year by the Toronto Film Critics Association.
“To some, this may sound like the kind of verbose material more fit for a stage play than a film. But Women Talking, adapted by the writer-director Sarah Polley from Miriam Toews’s 2018 novel, is vibrant cinema.” ~ Shirley Lee, The Atlantic
“Were there an Oscar category for Truth in Advertising, this year’s award would most certainly go to Women Talking, a film that…somehow creates as compelling a cinematic experience as you’ll have this year.” ~ Bill Newcott, Saturday Evening Post
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