Rooney Mara and a gorgeous female ensemble in Sarah Polly’s powerful drama – Deadline

The women in question here belong to a secluded rural religious order in uncharted wilds and the talk they do all the time. Sarah PollyThe immaculately produced, politically adventurous and politically critical new film consists of an ongoing debate that will often define the future of these young women.

Of course, Polly really addresses all the women – and men as well – who are involved in the great political and societal changes that have taken place over the past few years and are showing only signs of acceleration. Engaging a cast of excellent actors to portray women in different stages of life, the writer and director draws on awful situations and behaviors past and present to envision a dramatically changed future, one that can actually be seen if you close your eyes and stand in the right direction — or, as he hoped A young black New York filmmaker has been fantasizing about it for over three decades, if you do the right thing.

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Based on the 2018 novel by Myriam Toze, woman talking It’s the fourth feature – next to Polly Away from her, take that waltz And the Stories we tell- Which is having its world premiere this weekend in Telluride Film Festival The new movie from Orion and MGM is scheduled to hit theaters on December 2. The new film initially takes place in a barn where eight trauma survivors discuss and deliberate about their horrific experiences growing up (as Mennonites in everything but name) and being repeatedly raped and in other situations. brutally knocked. But this isn’t a documentary, not even a courtroom drama, and in no way does it seem like it’s one.

Taking matters into their own hands, the women decided to create their own investigation, a discussion based on the experiences they had created for themselves, and that the decision would guide how society, as it were, should proceed: they could do it. Nothing, stay and fight, or leave.

This leads to a great debate about tolerance, flexibility, punishment, the need for change, and the potential for radical reform. Doing nothing proves not to be an option at all, but discussions with that go on for two days in relation to the other two.

Polly refrains from specifically identifying these women, where they came from and even when the event takes place. The rustic setting helps include things from earlier times, but the film is fiercely contemporary – and cosmopolitan – in its interests.

From the start, Polly has been developing a deceptive tone in her dodge. Fun but dead serious and dreamy yet committed to the basics of life, he is aesthetically pleasing even when dealing with harsh realities. She jumps and dances and is hard to nail even as she prepares to strike her heavy weight – she really floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.

Since the women in this group were never allowed to learn to read or write, the meek college-graduating teacher, Augustus (Ben Whishaw), was eager for Ona (Ronnie Mara), one of the girls, records their deliberations. The fact that the only male character in this piece is a cowardly and obedient little dog raises an eyebrow for a moment or two, but this remains essentially a side issue to the main challenges at hand, as can the struggle to solve it be unruly and chaotic. .

The film’s style and tone are quirky, varied, and exciting, even if not everything that happens at any given moment is crystal clear. Includes a rich cast – no leads per se – Judith IvyAnd the Claire FoyAnd the Jesse BuckleyAnd the Frances McDormand (Also Producer), August Winter, Kate Hallett and Liv McNeill. For the record, Brad Pitt is on board as executive producer. The producers of Plan B are Diddy Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

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