Wind River

"Directorial debut of 'Sicario' screenwriter Taylor Sheridan turns the story of a tracker, a Fed and a dead Native-American girl into a sharp social commentary that knocks you for a loop." Rolling Stone

Showing Times

When the frozen body of a young Native American girl is found in deep snow drifts on reservation land, it recalls hunter/tracker Jeremy Renner's own tragic past.  Renner works for the government, tracking and killing predatory animals, and is well integrated with the local population.  When the FBI despatches a rookie agent (Elizabeth Olsen) to investigate the murder she has the good sense to understand that Renner's experience is of greater value in solving the crime than her knowledge of FBI procedures.  

Rooted in real events, this is more than the sum of its strong thriller parts.  "Luck don't live out here. Luck lives in the cities." says one of the characters, giving a sense of the gritty understanding of the hard-scrabble existence of native peoples - and also a sense of the spare-but-eloquent script.  Not surprisingly from the scriptwriter of excellent Sicario and Hell or High, this is rooted in some meaty social themes as it exposes the challenging lives of Native Americans; explores the legacy of loss and grief; and contrasts different models of modern masculinity.  And it's mighty pleasing to see Renner and Olsen short of a few Marvel super powers, and all the better for it!  Enjoy.

The screening on Wed 27 Sep at 1:30 is our Screen Gems screening, and we will be showing the Hard of Hearing version of the film.  This means fully sub-titled; not just the dialogue, but all elements of the soundtrack, like *She laughs*.  It is a boon to many but may be a distraction for others.


Film Information

107 mins

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