People handle loss in many different ways. Some seek out the comfort of family and friends to keep grounded, while others run away. For these people, the pain is too much to share with another human. Land, a Big Beach Production, shows us what happens when you run too far away.
Land is the directorial debut of actress Robin Wright, who is also the star in the film and one of the executive producers, along with Marc Turtletaub, Allyn Stewart, Lora Kennedy, Leah Holzer, and Peter Saraf. The story was written by Jesse Chatham and Erin Dignam. The story revolves around Edee (Robin Wright) a woman who has lost her husband and child. She refuses to talk about her loss to anyone, including her sister Emma (Kim Dickins) or a grief counselor that Emma sends her to.
Edee decides, against Emma’s wishes, to move as far away from people as she possibly can. She moves to the Northwest wilderness. The majestic beauty of Wyoming, the Rocky Mountains, and the surrounding forest should be a place of peaceful solitude and healing for Edee, but she is unprepared for what the wilderness can and will deal out. Her cabin is basically a shack with no running water, or inside plumbing. She has no phone, no car, absolutely no contact with the outside world. She also has no clue on how to survive the bitter cold of the Rockies…or the dangerous animals who share her land. She is not far from an Indian Reservation, but again, she is not emotionally able to make contact with another soul. Through flashbacks we get to learn about the family: husband (Warren Christie) and son (Finlay Wojtak-Hissong) who were tragically stolen from her.
Sometimes when you try run away from your pain, you actually find yourself again. When the isolation and the harshness of the Rockies almost kill Edee, help arrives with a gentle hunter, Miguel (Demian Bichir) and Native American nurse, Alawa (Sarah Dawn Pledge). Miquel teaches Edee how to tame the wilderness and to survive on her own, but he also reminds her that life needs to be shared with others…that the bitter drink of loss goes down much easier if you allow others to help you.
I feel honored that I had the opportunity to watch this film before its release by Focus Features on February 12, 2021. Shot on location in Calgary, Didsbury, and Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada, Land was beautifully done, and the scenery was breathtaking. I had recently lost my husband to cancer amid the Covid-19 shutdown. I am still trying to deal with the loss, more like pretending to deal with the loss. Land is an emotional drama that helped me understand what I am still dealing with, and hopefully like Edee, I will find peace amid the wilderness of my own little sanctuary.