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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Intimate, occasionally dark portrait of grief and isolation.

Movie PG-13 2021 89 minutes
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Land –With All Its Challenges

One of the more thoughtful films to grace the screen in 2021 ‘Land’ features a standout turn from Robin Wright as both performer and director. She’s given admirable support from Mexican-born co-star, Demian Bichir - with the rugged Wyoming locations lovingly captured by cinematographer Bobby Bukowski. This is one for those who are not attempting to hide from reality but want to steep themselves in the everyday truths of life and in this case, life in the land at its wildest. No superficial love story here but a survival learning curve (suicidal even) chosen by a city woman to overcome a great loss and the unexpected alliances that develop on her journey. Lovers of serious personal introspection will easily tune into this curiosity but it might not suit comic book action fans. Music is also well used, adding another dimension to the settings. An afterthought: Without the Animals of the forests, survival is never guaranteed; it would have been powerful if the script included some appreciation towards these marvelous creatures for the sacrifice of their lives. Note: If not yet having seen this movie but intending to do so, skip the following last line to avoid a possible spoiler: This woman lost her family to the mindless actions of a random shooter, so her use of the gun for hunting would have had profound implications.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This quiet, surprisingly impactful drama is lovingly performed and directed by the talented Wright. If Nomadland is about a middle-aged woman's search for freedom on the road, Land is about a middle-aged woman's search for freedom of the soul. Both films star extraordinary actresses (Frances McDormand and Wright, respectively) and outstanding supporting actors (David Strathairn and Bichir) and are directed by women (Chloe Zhao and Wright). But whereas Zhao and McDormand tell an ultimately hopeful, happy tale about people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s dropping out of traditional 9-to-5 society to form their own nomadic hobo culture, Wright's story is a heartbreaking exploration of grief and stillness.

Another commonality with Nomadland is Land's kinship to Into the Wild, but for a different, and sadder, reason. Edee's time in the cabin is reminiscent of Christopher McCandless' time in the bus. They both think they know what they're doing, but nature can be cruel, forbidding, and dangerous. Once he's (literally) in the picture, Miguel infuses a gentle warmth and humor to his interactions with Edee. He never pushes her to reveal her secrets and is content to be in the present, whether it's teaching her how to quietly stalk a deer or humming and singing "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." This isn't just one quick sing-a-long of Tears for Fears' '80s hit; he continues to sing it in several scenes, and it becomes a heartwarming anthem for the two characters, even if their singing is out of tune. Edee and Miguel's slow-burning connection brims with romantic possibility, but their bond is so transformative that it doesn't need a label to be powerful -- much like the movie itself.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 12, 2021
  • On DVD or streaming: March 5, 2021
  • Cast: Robin Wright , Demian Bichir , Kim Dickens
  • Director: Robin Wright
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Female actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • Genre: Drama
  • Character Strengths: Compassion , Perseverance
  • Run time: 89 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: thematic content, brief strong language, and partial nudity
  • Last updated: November 14, 2023

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