‘Women Talking’ Is Exactly What the Title Promises—So What Will a Film Version Look Like?

There was a time, not so long ago, when a title like women talking would be enough to make a male Hollywood executive throw a script across a room. But timing is everything, as author Miriam Toews well you know. When her novel women Talking, soon to be adapted as a film by Sarah Polley, was published in 2018, the #MeToo movement was in full flourish. The story about Mennonite women in a remote Bolivian colony was drawn from a specific real-life case of rape and coercion, but the novel’s themes of justice, self-determination, and solidarity among victims had an immediate resonance. It’s right there in the quote from author Lauren Groff on the book’s jacket: “No other book I’ve read in the past year has spoken so lucidly about our current moment, and yet none has felt as timeless.”

As Polley’s film adaptation, starring Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy, Rooney Mara, Frances McDormand, and Ben Whishaw, prepare to make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, the world does look a little different than it did in 2018. But as the little gold men crew and returning guest Erin Vanderhoof discuss on this week’s episode, the righteous anger in Toews’s book—as well as the sharp spikes of humor and beauty—remain as potent as ever. How will a book that really is just women talking in a hayloft translate to the screen? All we have for now are our predictions, and a whole lot of faith in Polley to pull it off.

The episode, which you can listen to below, also includes an in-depth look at the lineup for the Toronto Film Festival, which features women talking as well as the wealth of other titles, from the return of Green Book director Peter Farrelly with The Greatest Beer Run Ever to the Kelvin Harrison Jr.–led period piece Chevalier. We still have a few more weeks before festival season gets started, but the little gold men book club will continue through August. next week is She Said, the book by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey about their Pulitzer Prize–winning Harvey Weinstein investigation, which hasn’t been announced on a festival lineup yet but does have a teaser trailer out. after that is Camille DeAngelis‘s Bones & All, which director Luca Guadagnino has adapted into a film that will premiere at the Venice Film Festival. And we’ll close the series with Don DeLillo‘s White Noise; Noah Baumbach‘s take on the notoriously difficult-to-adapt novel will open the Venice Film Festival and the New York Film Festival this fall.

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