Women Talking Trailer: Jessie Buckley and Rooney Mara debate trauma

Ben Whishaw, Frances McDormand and Judith Ivey also star in Sarah Polley’s feature film, based on the novel by Miriam Toews.

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The trailer for Women Talking sees Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Frances McDormand, Judith Ivey and Sheila McCarthy discuss what steps should be taken to address rampant rape in their remote religious community. Ben Whishaw also stars. Based on the novel by Miriam Toews, Women Talking is Polley’s first film since her 2012 autobiographical documentary Stories We Tell and her first feature film since 2011’s Take This Waltz this as one of Polley’s most challenging films to date.

“We had a therapist on set for the more difficult scenes,” Sarah Polley told IndieWire. “She’s this woman named Doctor Laurie Haskell who specializes in trauma from sexual assault. Hard stuff came up for a lot of people, not just the cast and crew. We didn’t only show violent scenes. We brought up thoughts and feelings and emotions that many people have lived with for a long time. Some of those conversations went into the film.”

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Polley has previously opened up about her disturbing experiences as a traumatized child actress on the set of Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen while filming action sequences. The abuse of power on set, according to Polley, meant the production depended on Gilliam’s “wild, ambitious impulses” and a sometimes unsafe atmosphere, especially for an 8-year-old.

“I love Terry Gilliam films. I refuse to consider him a monster,” Polley told IndieWire. “I don’t think it’s him. I think he messed up a lot of stuff and he didn’t take responsibility for it and that sucks. But he also had great qualities and did a nice job. I just feel like I’m interested in chatting with him and hearing his perspective on what he saw. I would hope he would listen to mine.”

“Women Talking” had its international premiere at TIFF 2022, followed by an appearance in the NYFF Spotlight section.

IndieWire critic David Ehrlich wrote in his A review of the film, “‘Women Talking’ is such a haunting and poignant ode to the stories we tell ourselves – and the stories women share with one another – that it is destined to be more alive in our memories than it ever was before our eyes. […] Polley’s film plays the long game. She searches deep within herself and on the horizon for the power to envision a better tomorrow—one that relies more on compassion than a one-sided force that needs issues to prove itself on.”

“Women Talking” premieres December 2nd in select theaters and December 25th nationally by United Artists Releasing.

Check out the trailer below.

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Lindsay Lowe

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