Land is a confidential drama about multiple forms of isolation, which Robin Wright directs in her feature directional debut. The screenplay was written by Jesse Chatham and Erin Dignam. The story is about a woman searching the meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Edee, in the aftermath, gets into a place where she finds herself unable to stay connected to the world, and the grief has made her suicidal. Once she knew the face of the uncertainty, she retreats to the magnificent but unforgiving wilds of the Rockies. She is such in grief that she is trying to mirror how alone she feels on the inside.
She starts to live off the land at a remote location and isolate herself physically. The movie is a character study about two people suffering from deep pain who found purpose in one another. The movie shows that even the vast landscape is around themselves and the beauty of Mother nature. “Land movie’ gives an idea that isolation is not an option or answer, and the connection is what matters. It’s a brilliant story, and a moving piece of work hampered a bit by a rushed final act that feels something manipulative and acted confidently throughout.
Wright does a great deal of character work in the movie, and the most exciting fact is that the starting first half-hour has almost no dialogue. The starting long opening credit scene starts with Edee driving to a remote cabin in the mountains. The man who guided her to come suggests to her that it’s safer to have a vehicle up here. Edde is so depressed and sad that she doesn’t care about safety. The lack of preparation causes Edee to face many problems. She doesn’t know how to hunt or make a trap also, she doesn’t have enough supplies, and winter is coming. If she dies out during winter, then it’s almost like watching someone slowly drown.
Robin Wright will be the star and direct the film. This announcement was made on April 19, 2019, and the screenplay writers are Jesse Chatham and Erin Dignam. In December 2019, Kim Dickens and Demian Bichir joined the cast of the movie, with the idea of Focus Features distributing. The movie is produced by Allyn Stewart, Robin Wright, Lora Kennedy, Leah Holzer, and Peter Saraf. The duration of the movie is 89 minutes. The music of the movie is directed by Ben Sollee and Time for Three. Focus Features is the distribution partner of ‘Land movie.’
Robin Wright as Edee Mathis (Emma’s Sister)
Kim Dickens as Miguel (Edee’s Sister)
Demian Bichir as Miguel (a local hunter)
The movie had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2021 on January 31, 2021. It is scheduled to release on Theaters and on the OTT platform on February 12, 2021.
Both the writers Jesse Chatham and Erin Dignam, withholds the details about what made Edde to a place that almost feels that Nature is trying to kill her other than brief flashbacks to her sister named Emma. Edde has a feeling that her sister Emma is begging her not to commit suicide. The story of the land movie is about unimaginable grief, the kind of mental pain and grief that reshapes the landscapes.
Imagine something happens to you, and the world around you feels entirely different. You may have a feeling of change your setting and move to a city or place which is completely different from the previous one. Wright smartly imbues what it feels when someone is in constant pain. It’s such a stark and gloomy story that bound the viewers to start to feel the non-stop sadness of Edde.
The movie changes the gear by introducing a hunter named Miguel and a nurse named Alawa. Not only both save Edde’s life, but Miguel also becomes the teacher for Edde. He made a promise not to tell Edde anything about the outside world, maintaining self-isolation and doesn’t say much. He is going to train how to hunt and the tools to survive and then be gone. Miguel also has some trauma and grief of his own he shares the hints during hunting.
Some of the scenes of ‘Land’ are just too good, and some scenes are more effective in their silence than it’s dialogues. A simple shot of a man with the sun over his head with closed eyes sitting on a bench can be more powerful to express feelings than an overwritten monologue.