Is 'Women Talking' streaming? Where to watch the Claire Foy film

The Claire Foy/Rooney Mara drama is a serious awards contender, but is 'Women Talking' streaming yet?

Is 'Women Talking' streaming? The awards contender stars Rooney Mara and Claire Foy
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It features one of the most formidable female-led casts in years, but is Women Talking streaming yet? 

Like films such as Babylon, Top Gun: Maverick, Glass Onion, Triangle of Sadness and The Menu, Women Talking is nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards this year and the cast—led by The Crown's Claire Foy and Nightmare Alley's Rooney Mara—has already won the Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble at the 2023 Independent Spirit Awards

Directed by Sarah Polley and inspired by the 2018 novel of the same name, the buzzy all-star drama follows a group of women living in a religious colony and raging against a patriarchal society that's turned radical and violent. (If you're getting The Handmaid's Tale vibes, you're not the only one.) 

But can you watch Women Talking from home? Here's all of the streaming info you need.

Is 'Women Talking' streaming?

Women Talking is not yet available for streaming, which means if you want to watch the gripping film, you'll need to go to a theater. 

After having its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, Women Talking began a limited theatrical release in North America on Friday, December 23, with a wide release to come on Friday, January 20. 

As of yet, there is no official date set for a digital release of Women Talking. However, fellow United Artists Releasing movies like Bones & All were streaming within the typical 45-day post-theatrical window, so we can expect Women Talking to become available on streaming sometime in February 2023.

What is the movie 'Women Talking' about?

"Women in an isolated religious colony struggle to reconcile with their faith after a series of sexual assaults,” reads the official synopsis of Women Talking. The eight women—from young girls and new mothers to family elders—must decide to stay and fight, or leave the corrupt community once and for all.

“In Women Talking, a group of women, many of whom disagree on essential things, have a conversation to figure out how they might move forward together to build a better world for themselves and their children,” Polley said in a statement. “Though the backstory behind the events in Women Talking is violent, the film is not. We never see the violence that the women have experienced. We see only short glimpses of the aftermath. Instead, we watch a community of women come together as they must decide, in a very short space of time, what their collective response will be.”

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Is 'Women Talking' a true story?

*Trigger warning: sexual assault and violence*

Both the book and film Women Talking was reportedly inspired by real-life events that occurred at the remote Manitoba Colony, an ultraconservative Mennonite community in eastern Bolivia. 

For years, women were raped persistently by eight colony men while they slept; the horrific acts in the small Christian community were attributed to hallucinations or even demons, but really the males were using animal anesthetic to drug the women and render them unconscious. 

The men were caught in 2009 and put on trial in 2011 when they were convicted of the rape and sexual assault of more than 130 townswomen and girls, though the true number of victims is thought to be much higher. The rapists were each sentenced to 25 years.

Who is in the 'Women Talking' cast?

  • Rooney Mara as Ona
  • Claire Foy as Salome
  • Jessie Buckley as Mariche
  • Judith Ivey as Agata
  • Ben Whishaw as August Epp
  • Frances McDormand as "Scarface" Janz
  • Sheila McCarthy as Greta
  • Michelle McLeod as Mejal
  • Kate Hallett as Autje
  • Liv McNeil as Nietje
  • Emily Mitchell as Miep
  • Kira Guloien as Anna
  • Shayla Brown as Helena
  • August Winter as Nettie / Melvin

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Women Talking by Miriam Toews

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The drama film is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Miriam Toews.

“When I read Miriam Toews’ book, it sunk deep into me, raising questions and thoughts about the world I live in that I had never articulated. Questions about forgiveness, faith, systems of power, trauma, healing, culpability, community, and self-determination. It also left me bewilderingly hopeful," director Sarah Polley said in a statement about the 2018 novel by the ex-Mennonite author.

"I imagined this film in the realm of a fable. While the story in the film is specific to a small religious community, I felt that it needed a large canvas, an epic scope through which to reflect the enormity and universality of the questions raised in the film. To this end, it felt imperative that the visual language of the film breathe and expand. I wanted to feel in every frame the endless potential and possibility contained in a conversation about how to remake a broken world.”

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