A lonely woman in mourning retreats to an isolated mountain cabin,
where she encounters and befriends a hunter who saves her life.
Directed by Robin Wright
Written by Jesse Chatham and Erin Dignam
Starring Robin Wright, Demián Bichir, Sarah Dawn Pledge,
Kim Dickens, Warren Christie, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong
Iconic character actress Robin Wright steps behind the camera for the first time with Land, delivering a poignant look into the nature of grief and an emotionally resonant character study into loneliness. I look forward to seeing what Wright does next as a director, and her performance as the bereaved Edee is flawless. Her chemistry with Demián Bichir is what makes this film a must-see, as does the emotionally devastating but somewhat hopeful ending. This is a film that will no doubt get lost in the shuffle, but I'm hoping more people will give it a chance because pickings are fairly slim right now.
Edee (Wright) is in a bad place. Through some tragedy we don't find out about until the end, she lost her husband and son. She's on the verge of suicide and decides to isolate herself in a Wyoming mountain cabin. I think she's there to punish herself, and Edee tells us as much. When she nearly dies of hypothermia from a complete lack of preparation, she is rescued and cared for by Miguel (Bichir), a kindhearted hunter who she grows close to. Miguel teaches her how to survive in the mountains, and rescues her from the brink of giving up. Though a bit slow to start, Land becomes something special thanks to the relationship between Edee and Miguel.
Land is a gut-wrenching story. I guarantee you'll shed a tear at least once. It's a film that reminds us not to take anyone for granted. Family, friends, hell, even enemies. It doesn't hurt to let someone know you care about them, and you never know if it might be your last chance. Finding your way back from the edge of despair is one of the most challenging things we can do as human beings, but doing it is nothing short of noble.