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Ghost Canyon

Land [Blu-ray+Digital]
(Robin Wright, Demian Bichir, Kim Dickens, et al / Blu-ray+Digital / PG-13 / 2021 / Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)

Overview: From acclaimed actress Robin Wright comes her feature film directorial debut, Land, the poignant story of one womans search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness.

Edee (Wright), in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew, and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies.

After a local hunter (Demian Bichir) brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.

Blu-ray Verdict: The film, which had a world premiere at the 2021 Sundance film festival, follows Edee Mathis (portrayed by Robin Wright) who delivers one of the most memorable performances of her career, as a broken woman who retreats to the mountains in isolation.

The reasoning as to why is shared during the first act through a series of flashbacks, giving context to her transition from urban life to the wilds of nature.

The various camera shots by cinematographer Bobby Bukowski of the gorgeous yet vast emptiness of the valley made me correlate it with her internal struggle.

She faces tremendous amounts of difficulties in her newfound lifestyle as she had not mentally and physically prepared herself for the harshness of the seasons.

Initially, I found it difficult to sympathize with her character as the narrative surrounding this drama felt all too familiar and contrived. I pitied her for lack of composure.

Furthermore, her own disregard for her life.

This eventually leads to a near-death experience, bringing forth the introduction of Miguel who was an admirable character (due to the compelling acting of Demian Bichir).

He is a local hunter who takes it upon himself to be the caretaker and companion piece to her flame. The film is heavily reliant on the emotional performances of these two actors in order to be successful, and it certainly did leave a mark on me.

This is an aesthetically pleasing feature about discovering ones purpose amidst the confusion that occurs in our lives. And if we allow ourselves to become vulnerable towards those who want to aid us.

It will not only help us become better people, but in return, help those around us become better people too. Robin Wrights remarkable directing left me with a feeling of contentment that I have long since experienced from a film and I believe that is commendable in and unto itself.

Crafting LAND - Filmmakers and cast discuss how shooting in such a beautiful but brutal location added unique challenges and a distinct authenticity.
Robin Wright: Feature Film Directorial Debut - Director Robin Wright reveals why this project stood out from the others she considered for her feature film directorial debut, and how directing the film gave her a unique perspective on what she needed to give as an actress.
After the Trauma - In this piece we examine the mental process Edee goes through in the aftermath of tragedy, how her pain is relatable, and why this was the perfect time to tell such an uplifting story.

Land Official Trailer

Official Land Website

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