Land: Robin Wright's Film Directed By Herself Is Almost A Great Film

Robin Wright's Land is a movie that you cannot miss. She has also directed the film and kudos to her for doing it right

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Land: Robin Wright's Film Directed By Herself Is Almost A Great Film

How do you embrace life when it thorws you a blow worse than death? Unlike Sophie Jones, Edee Mathis (Robin Wright) is not confused about how to cope with her grief. She wants out. She does contemplate taking her own life. But something holds her back, something vital that goes beyond grief.

Edee does the next best thing. She heads to the mountains, throws her mobile phone into a bin, sends her vehicle back and settles down into a state of immovable solitude in a one-room cottage which is barely large enough for her to sleep but large enough to accommodate her grief. Starting off as a story of unimaginable bereavement, Land then becomes a survival story with Edee almost killed in a ferocious blizzard that blows away her self confidence and leaves her half-dead. After this, Land evolves into something else, something passionate, precious and poignant.

The  friendship that Edee forms with a fellow-loner Miguel(Demián Bichir) is a slow-burn intense experience brought to the screen  with a rare sensitivity. At first the two outcasts, uncannily united by a similar tragedy in their life, share silences. Then they begin to laugh and sing together. There is never any sex. This is a truly out-of-body experience. What  Robin Writer’s remarkable film tells us  about human relationships  goes way beyond the physical.

Land is not  about geographical  territory. It’s about that invisible space where an individual seeks and finds his or her true self. Edee’s self-awareness is not something we see. We feel it happening. By the end of the film she is stronger. You know what they say about what can’t break you. We feel her strength. We know it is born out of her frailties. Unbroken, unvanquished she is ready to rejoin civilization.
Land makes a very strong case for Man(or Woman) and the  bonding with Nature. The imposing mountains, the freezing cold and the isolating snow storms, these are shot by cinematographer Bobby Bokowski in a mood of meditative melancholic majesty. Then  there is the central performance. Robin Wright, s  right in long-ago films like  Nine Lives, Breaking  & Entering and Unbreakable  gives  the performance of her lifetime. Her character’s pain will hit you  where  it hurts the most.

As a director,  Ms Wright seems to have gathered together the acquired wisdom of two decades in front of the camera  to know what  lurks behind it. She is specially skilled in showing us how isolated an  individual can be even in company while coping with grief. A truly remarkable directorial debut for an actress who has never shied away  from  exposing her truest  feelings on  camera. Here  he  lets  us into  a lot more than words can express.

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