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The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Drama about abused young woman has cursing, mature themes.

Movie NR 2019 105 minutes
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age 17+

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age 17+

A movie like never before

This movie had me in tears. I was impacted by this movie. It had mature themes and strong language. I promise you this movie will make you cry. R: strong language, mature themes, and brief violence

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The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is a maddeningly slow-moving story that despite its pace still manages to offer absorbing sympathetic moments. Nevertheless, "story" is a generous word to describe this, a true encounter from codirector Tailfeather's life. The movie doesn't end but rather peters out, but Tailfeather says that's the way her encounter ended. Unfortunately, sometimes good story-telling requires improving on "truth" in order to create "art." And while performances here are sensitive, a creatively-constructed arc is what is missing, robbing the audience of what could have been a far more emotionally-involving experience.

The decision to shoot this in "real time" also adds long, tedious, nonessential running time that greatly dilutes the impact of more essential scenes. We watch the characters sit through a cab ride through traffic for six (!) long minutes (stop lights included), with barely a word of dialogue spoken. A woman goes to the bathroom and for five-and-a-half minutes we watch her clean her face and change her clothes, in real time. Why? Someone else goes to the bathroom and we have to watch her sit on the toilet, wipe, and change her sanitary pad, in real time. Why? The fact that men are next to nonexistent in this world also makes it a bit heavy-handed. In all, this may have more resonance for Canadians since a recent national investigation concluded that the disappearances and deaths of more than 4,000 indigenous girls and women add up to a "genocide" for which Canada is responsible.

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