Woman Walks Ahead

2017 | USA | R | 101 min.


State Theatre Fri, Aug 3, 2018 9:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Fiction
Release Year:2017
Runtime:101 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Susanna White
Produced by:Andrea Calderwood
Marshall Herskovitz
Erika Olde
Richard Solomon
Edward Zwick
Screenwriter:Steven Knight
Cinematography:Mike Eley
Editing By:Steven Rosenblum
Lucia Zucchetti
Cast:Jessica Chastain
Sam Rockwell
Michael Greyeyes


The always stellar Jessica Chastain stars as the head-strong Catherine Weldon, a happily widowed woman in the late 19th century who defies society’s expectations to become a noted painter. She travels to the Dakotas determined to paint a portrait of the legendary Sitting Bull, and while the “New York liberal” is initially met with hostility by the famed Sioux warrior, things take an unexpected turn when they begin to form a strange but powerful friendship. Welcomed into their world, Catherine is awakened to the injustices around her and becomes an advocate in the tribe's struggle to retain their land as a showdown with hostile soldiers (including Sam Rockwell) mounts. Handsomely directed with vistas that make you ache, what sets this earnest and moving historical drama apart is how it’s aware of the tiresome White Savior trope and skillfully turns the stale cliche upside down.