Friday, February 9, 2024

2023 Academy Awards Best Picture Nominee - Women Talking

Women Talking was a beautiful movie. Thought-provoking, and honest and … a complex and very human story. Definitely not a feel-good movie, though.

The filmmakers made two interesting decisions: they don’t depict the violence (only the aftermath, and that generally only in glimpses), and the men (with only two exceptions) were basically not even a part of the story. Exception one: a sympathetic male schoolteacher who has seen a bit of the world, and two - innocent little boys who are damaged by the situation (though differently) just as the women are.

These decisions allowed the viewer to concentrate on the women and their horrifying experiences, but even more, it allowed us to really listen to them.

(Pithy Reviews; and Rankings of 8 out of 10 nominees):

  • Women Talking (Excellent and haunting; Cathy: 1, Chris 1)
  • The Banshees of Inisherin (Excellent, beautiful, and a little surreal; Cathy: 2, Chris: 3)
  • Elvis (Excellent movie with stellar acting, music and costumes; Cathy: 5, Chris: 2)
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once (Excellent, beautiful, imaginative and utterly bizarre; Cathy: 4, Chris: 4)
  • The Fabelmans (Good story about a storyteller; Cathy: 3, Chris: 5)
  • Top Gun: Maverick (Very enjoyable but not really Oscar material; Cathy: 6, Chris: 6)
  • Tár (Boring movie about a loathsome person. Only watched 60%; Cathy: 7, Chris 7)
  • Triangle of Sadness (Terrible, gross, and Cathy only watched half; Cathy: 8, Chris: 8)


- Originally written February 25, 2023

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