The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
It is hard not to gush over the brilliance of this production. The title suggests a kind of poetry at work here, as the camera slowly, steadily, patiently follows a chance encounter between two Indigenous women. One is an abused pregnant woman; the other is none of these things. There is an obvious cinema verité approach to filmmaking happening on view, as if the camera were a respectful third presence, eavesdropping on the two women and their evolving dynamic in real time. Not much happens, yet everything is happening in the slow revelation of character. And in that slow revelation we come to appreciate the thick layers of colonial history, dark social forces, and the ongoing domestic pressures that shape the way these two women relate not to only to each other but to the world in general. The performances are uncannily strong, the dialogue spare but portentous, and the mood is suspenseful, expectant, redolent with meaning. Filmmakers Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers have pulled off an extraordinary achievement, one we will be hearing a lot more about, to be sure.
Directors/Writers: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn
Producers: Tyler Hagan, Lori Lozinski, Dyveke Bjørkly Graver, Allen R. Milligan
Runtime: 105 minutes