Women Talking

Do nothing. Stay and fight. Or leave. 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. This film is based on the novel, "Women Talking" by Canadian writer Miriam Toews. Toews describes her novel as "a reaction through fiction" to the true-life events that took place on the Manitoba Colony, a remote Mennonite community in Bolivia.

  • Released: 2022-12-02
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Drama
  • Stars: Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Ben Whishaw, Judith Ivey, Sheila McCarthy, Michelle McLeod, Kate Hallett, Liv McNeil, August Winter, Frances McDormand, Kira Guloien, Shayla Brown, Eli Ham, Lochlan Ray Miller, Vivien Endicott Douglas, Nathaniel McParland, Marcus Craig, Will Bowes, Emily Drake
  • Director: Sarah Polley
  • alexandra_nilsson_rby - 30 May 2024
    Incredible acting
    I usually don't write reviews, but I had to with this wonderful movie. It honestly is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It is slow paced, as the entired movie is set to take place during one day, but that doesn't mean that it is boring, in any way. I was drawn in from the beginning and I couldnt stop watching.

    The acting from all of these women is out of this world. I belived every single one of them. And they made med feel for them, understand them and the consequences of the choice they have to make, no matter what they option they chose.

    The storytelling is brilliant, and the dialogue is everything.

    It's not easy to summarize the emotions this movie made me feel. Just brilliant.
  • tobydale - 10 February 2024
    A challenging and uncomfortable watch... if you're a man
    A different and difficult film which is about more than just what it looks like.

    The setting for Women Talking is a fundamentalist Christian sect. It doesn't say which one or where. It looks initially like it could be around 1910 Philadelphia. Once you notice that it isn't, you start to realise that the film is built like this because that's not what matters. What matters is the power of the experiences of the gathered women, the conversation, and how, bit by bit, a critical decision is arrived at.

    Women Talking is filmed in an unusual way. The players are set in a darkened Tableau vivant, like in an artist's studio or a theatre stage. Colours are muted. The only things moving are the children. It's all delibarate - part of the stort telling.

    A strong cast with a good script. It contains timeless but wholly relevant messages that will mean different things to different people.