Anger and tenderness flow in equal measure in “Women Talking”, a focused, forceful drama about a strict religious community of women who are reeling from the sexual abuse they’ve endured.
Adapting Miriam Toews’ novel, writer-director Sarah Polley doesn’t offer easy catharsis or simplistic platitudes, instead delving deeply into the mixed emotions felt by these mothers and daughters, who are tired of the mistreatment but divided on how to respond. Examining faith and the patriarchy with quiet eloquence, this drama provides an acting showcase for a suite of superb performers headlined by Rooney Mara, Claire Foy and Jessie Buckley.
Tim Grierson, Screen Daily
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