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Is “Women Who Talk” based on a true story? Miriam Toews novel and real life inspired the film
January 7, 2023
Content Warning: This article discusses sexual assault and abuse that may upset or upset some readers.
Women who speak is an intense and thought-provoking film about a group of Mennonite women who have been brutalized by local men. While the men who brutalized them are rescued by other men in the community, the women gather to discuss how to move forward. Do they run, do they fight? How exactly do they move? And perhaps the most important thing for the viewer is Women who speak Based on a true story? Sadly yes, the film is loosely inspired by real life events. Here’s what you need to know first Women who speak previews.
The story behind Women who speak.
The new film directed by Sarah Polley women who talk – starring Rooney Mara, Claire Foy and Frances McDormand to name a few – it was actually adapted from the novel of the same name by Miriam Toews, a Canadian writer who grew up in a Mennonite community in remote Manitoba. But the original idea behind Toews’ 2018 novel was loosely based on a horrific story of a Mennonite community that took place from 2005 to 2009 in Manitoba, Bolivia. During that time, a group of men, themselves Mennonites, drugged and raped 151 girls and women between the ages of 5 and 65. The men were eventually sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2011, according to the BBC, with one man sentenced to 12 years for supplying the drugs used to incapacitate the girls and women.
It’s a difficult (and important) story to share.
As horrific as the crimes themselves were, the film and the book it was based on do not delve into the description of what those girls and women went through. Instead, Toews told the New Yorker who chose to imagine how those women might have reacted. The Mennonites are considered a pacifist community, but Toews (and Polley in the recently released film version) wondered if there wasn’t a thirst for revenge. Anger. And maybe even a questioning of their faith. Said Claire Foy, who plays Salome in the film Newsweek who believed this sensitive material was “in the right hands”. She added: “It was directed by Sarah, who is amazing, and Dede [Gardner] and Frances [McDormand] they produced it, and I don’t think you could find a better group of creative people to make this film responsibly and sensitively.”
When it does Women who speak first?
Women who speak released in select theaters December 23, and a larger nationwide premiere is set for January 20. And it’s one you won’t want to miss.