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The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019)

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Critic Consensus: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open uses an encounter between two strangers as the catalyst for a thoughtful drama as poetic as its title.

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Two Indigenous women from vastly different backgrounds find their worlds colliding on an East Vancouver, B.C. sidewalk when brutality and fear drives one of them out from her home and into the cold rain. As this intimate yet challenging encounter develops, what began as violent and terrifying tentatively expands as the women's shared imagery and cultural experience weave a fragile bond between them. Both women now must face their own unique struggle as they navigate the complexities of motherhood, class, race, and the ongoing legacy of colonialism.

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Critic Reviews for The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

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It's rare to find a film of such bottomless depths.

January 9, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Quietly illustrates the eternal conundrum of trying to be good without being a do-gooder, and trying to be independent while also recognizing the need for a helping hand.

December 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Subtle and involving.

November 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Filmed almost entirely in real time, and using a series of long, intimate takes, "The Body Remembers" is about privilege and its lack, motherhood and its absence, race and its legacy.

November 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Establishes an immediate, urgent language all its own to confront the problem of domestic abuse, making the issue personal for both the characters and their audience.

November 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Don't let its florid, mouthful of a title mislead you: "The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open" is a film that's as urgent and unpretentious as it is remarkable.

November 26, 2019 | Full Review…

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