Sarah Polley’s ‘Talking Women’ gets a December release date

Michelle McLeod plays Mejal, Sheila McCarthy plays Greta, Liv McNeil plays Neitje, Jessie Buckley plays Mariche, Claire Foy plays Salome, Kate Hallett plays Autje, Rooney Mara plays Ona, and Judith Ivey plays Agatain.
Michelle McLeod plays Mejal, Sheila McCarthy plays Greta, Liv McNeil plays Neitje, Jessie Buckley plays Mariche, Claire Foy plays Salome, Kate Hallett plays Autje, Rooney Mara plays Ona, and Judith Ivey plays Agatain. (Michael Gibson © 2022 Orion Releasing LLC)

most people know sarah poley either as an actor or as a director. The Canadian-born artist first rose to fame as Ramona Quimby in the late 1980s. ramona TV series, but for those who weren’t a late Gen X kid, the first time you probably heard of her was her directorial debut in the 2006 feature film, away from her, with was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Most recently, she appeared in the streaming series. aka gracebased on the Margaret Atwood novel, and which now plays as the Canadian answer to the American-made The Handmaid’s Tale. But Polley has also returned to the big screen with his new feature film women talkingwhich debuted at the Telluride Film Festival.

Based on the book of the same name by Miriam Toews, and adapted and directed by Polley, the film, like the novel, is loosely based on real-life events that occurred in the Bolivian colony of Manitoba. In it, eight ultra-conservative Mennonite women meet in secret to discuss their options after learning they have been repeatedly drugged and raped by a group of men in their neighborhood. In real life, her decision led to the trial of seven of her male leaders, accused of raping 130 women in four years. Nearly 150 women eventually testified, though more were afraid to come forward due to threats against their families.

As Polley’s first film to compete on the awards season circuit in nearly a decade, Women Talking has a high-profile cast of notable names, including some of the UK’s biggest. Although American (and perennially nominated for Best Actress) Frances McDormand (The tragedy of Macbeth) will likely be front and center in marketing, just like rooney mara (The girl with the dragon tattoo), the film also stars a group of British actresses. Both Claire Foy (The crown) Y Jessie Buckley (the woman in white) co-star, with ben whiskey (james link) as the only male ally of the group. American Judith Ivey (Elementary) completes the main cast.

The synopsis of the film is very simple: “In 2010, the women of an isolated religious community struggle to reconcile their reality with their faith.” But Polley’s statement about the film is more forthcoming.

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 Talking Women 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.

The Americans and the British are not the only ones who star women talking, as Polley has cast several Canadian actors. include Sheila McCarthy (the umbrella academy), Michelle McLeod (tin star), Kira Guloian (Murdoch Mysteries), Shayla Brown (Watch), Vivien EndicottDouglas (american gods), Emily Mitchell (What we do in the shadows), plus newcomers liv mcneil Y kate hallett. The film was co-produced by McDormand with Brad PittThe executive producing team of Plan B of Plan B, which includes Dede Gardner Y Jeremy Kleiner (Moonlight).

women talking He has already played in Telluride and the Toronto International Film Festival. It will next screen at the 60th New York Film Festival in October. The film will be released slowly, beginning in limited theaters on December 2, followed by a general release on Christmas Day, December 25, 2022.

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