Claire Foy And Rooney Mara’s Women Talking Starts Difficult Conversations For Moviegoers


Sarah Polley’s Women Talking will initiate conversations. The design of the film encourages debate, asking questions that might have answers, as well as those to which the answers aren’t so easy. And because Polley’s adaptation of Miriam Toews’ novel of the same name applies to many layers to its discussions, it’s possible to take the dialogue that’s handed to this fiery cast and apply it to problems that are not addressed directly in the movie. But that’s more of a thought experiment for after you have absorbed this deep and introspective period drama. Women Talking screened as part of the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival

Though it looks like it might take place during the Frontier Age on an American prairie, Women Talking in fact is set in 2010. After the women of a strict (but fictional) Mennonite community start to realize that they are being repeatedly drugged and raped by the male members of the religious sect, they meet in private in a remote hayloft to discuss their options. They believe they have three: Do nothing; stay and fight, or; leave the colony. Each choice comes with its own complications, and the women – all from different generations, with unique skin in the game – argue, analyze and hypothesize over the moral and practical steps that need to come following this horrifying realization. 

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