Women Talking Screening

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Cinemark University City Penn 6

This location is ADA accessible

WOMEN TALKING is directed by Sarah Polley and stars Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey, Ben Whishaw and Frances McDormand. The film is about the women of an isolated religious community who grapple with reconciling their reality with their faith. It is based on the novel by Miriam Toews and received a rave review in the New York Times after a showing at the Telluride Film Festival -- https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/05/movies/telluride-film-festival-women-talking.html. Following the Toronto Film Festival, Vanity Fair said it was one of five films likely to receive a best film nomination.


In Women Talking, a group of women, many of whom disagree on essential things, have a conversation to figure out how they might move forward together to build a better world for themselves and their children.

Though the backstory behind the events in Women Talking is violent, the film is not. We never see the violence that the women have experienced. We see only short glimpses of the aftermath. Instead, we watch a community of women come together as they must decide, in a very short space of time, what their collective response will be.

When I read Miriam Toews’ book, it sunk deep into me, raising questions and thoughts about the world I live in that I had never articulated. Questions about forgiveness, faith, systems of power, trauma, healing, culpability, community, and self-determination. It also left me bewilderingly hopeful. 

I imagined this film in the realm of a fable. While the story in the film is specific to a small religious community, I felt that it needed a large canvas, an epic scope through which to reflect the enormity and universality of the questions raised in the film. To this end, it felt imperative that the visual language of the film breathe and expand. I wanted to feel in every frame the endless potential and possibility contained in a conversation about how to remake a broken world.




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