The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open (2019)

The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open (2019)

TV-MA

netflix

Brilliantly and painfully realistic

7.0

Movie

Canada, Norway
English
Drama
2019
ELLE-MÁIJÁ TAILFEATHERS, ELLE-MAIJA TAILFEATHERS
Aidan Dee, Anesha Bailey, Anthony Bolognese
105 min

What it's about

When Áila encounters a young Indigenous woman, barefoot and crying in the rain on the side of a busy street, she soon discovers that this young woman, Rosie, has just escaped a violent assault at the hands of her boyfriend. Áila decides to bring Rosie home with her and over the course of the evening, the two navigate the aftermath of this traumatic event.

The take

Shot almost entirely in one take and on a tiny budget, and yet the central performance in this movie is still better than most big-budget dramas I’ve seen this year.

Two indigenous women, one upper-class and the other impoverished, meet on the day that the rich one gets an IUD and the other one, pregnant, finds herself kicked out of her home. They spend a few hours together: they talk, they take cabs, walk, etc; and you as a viewer, follow them throughout their intimate yet difficult moments.

If you like subtle movies that showcase how people live and interact with one another, beyond plot-obsessiveness, this is for you.

Comments

Very slow moving, and while the contrast between the haves and not couldn’t have been more apparent, the hopelessness was suffocating to me. I did not see a way out for her especially one that she seemed interested in taking 🙁

Amazing.

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