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Rustic Oracle

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Moving drama about missing Indigenous girl; violent themes.

Movie NR 2021 101 minutes
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This is a quietly powerful, well-acted drama that explores the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women through the perspective of a loving little sister. While 2017's Wind River was excellent, it approached the subject matter from the perspective of a White man (granted, one who's immersed in and sensitive to a Native community). Rustic Oracle rightly focuses on the actual girls and women from the community that's directly affected by the missing. Ivy is the main character, worrying and wondering about her older sister's whereabouts and all the possible fates that could await her. Young Delisle does a lovely job portraying the simple grief Ivy feels not having her beautiful older sister around, and Moore deftly conveys the rage and confusion of a mother on a mission.

Shot on Indigenous Canadian land, Rustic Oracle evokes the heartbreak of a community that's at a loss to help or find their own girls and women. The film's end sequence includes the fact that "we have lost close to 4,000 of our Indigenous sisters in the last 40 years," and this movie is a tribute to the horrors of knowing that someone you love is gone and that not nearly enough people in power care about that fact. As Ivy's innocence is tested -- knowing her sister is in harm's way, understanding her mother's desperation to get to the truth -- she continues to hold on to hope. Slow and captivating, the movie may be difficult to watch, but it's an important statement film.

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