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Plot: A supernatural thriller set in the Western frontier of the late 1800s, The Wind stars Caitlin Gerard (INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY) as a plains-woman driven mad by the harshness and isolation of the untamed land. The film is directed by Emma Tammi, written by Teresa Sutherland and stars Gerard, Ashley… Runtime: 86 min Release Date: 05 Apr 2019
One of the most artistic horror movies I have ever seen (by isantistao)
I loved this movie from start to finish. Every shot in this movie could be taken apart from it as a beautiful photograph and put up in a gallery. This movie is mystifying. It is hard to follow because it jumps around and does not follow a linear progression like most, and that might be frustrating for some people. But for those of you who really appreciate artful cinema, this is art house at its best. It really is a wondrous movie and one of the most artistic horror movies I have ever seen.
Western Horror (by the_nephilim71)
I loved it. The actress portraying Lizzy was phenomenal from the first scene until the very last and was the main glue that held this film together. I would love to get more into the movie but I don't think I'd really be able to do that without giving too much away. I would say this: It's true that Lizzy and Emma may not always be the most reliable 'witnesses' but Isaac also was witness to something toward the end of the movie.
Very well made and genuinely creepy socio-political allegory, although the ambiguity and pacing won't be for everyone (by Bertaut)
The Wind is ostensibly a horror movie about a woman being terrorised by a demon on the American frontier. However, look a little deeper, and you'll find it may very well be a study of prairie madness. However, look even deeper, and it's really a metaphorical examination of the mindset of a less enlightened time, when women were very much second-class citizens who were expected to tend to the home and do little else. A fiercely feminist appropriation of that most masculine of genres - the western - it deals with traditionally gendered themes such as frontier domesticity and postpartum <more>
depression, remaining always within the genre's paradigms, even whilst challenging many of that genre's most fundamental tropes. Although it could be accused of wilfully ignoring the narrative of colonial violence and the fact that American pioneers were land thieves who displaced entire populations and destroyed indigenous cultures, the film is nevertheless an examination of the inherent dangers of attempting to cultivate a vast "uncivilised" land both psychological and otherwise . Bleak and pared back, it's one of those films whose lack of budget actually works in its favour. A slow-burner that relies on shadows and sound effects, it's built on atmosphere, tone, and escalating psychological terror. With a wonderfully ambiguous dénouement, gorgeous cinematography, and chilling sound design, this is an impressive piece of work from first-time director Emma Tammi.Adapted by Teresa Sutherland from Dorothy Scarborough's 1925 novel of the same name, The Wind is set somewhere on the frontier of New Mexico in the late nineteenth century. Structured achronologically, the story focuses on Lizzy Macklin a very impressive Caitlin Gerard , a young wife who lives with her husband Isaac Ashley Zukerman in an isolated cabin on the prairie, from which Isaac is absent for weeks at a time, leaving Lizzy struggling with loneliness and the psychological effects of a failed pregnancy. The film intercuts the present, which sees Lizzy once again alone, with the past, revealing that another young couple - Gideon Dylan McTee and Emma Harper Julia Goldani Telles - purchased the only other cabin anywhere within walking distance. However, after Emma got pregnant, she became convinced that an evil entity was stalking her. Meanwhile, in the present, Lizzy begins to feel that that same entity is stalking her, a dark and unknowable force that seems to arise from the very wind sweeping across the prairie. However, is she suffering from the same delusion as Emma, or do they both fear something very real?The Wind really hits the ground running with a brilliantly conceived and downright ballsy dialogue-free opening scene. With the as yet unintroduced Isaac and Gideon standing outside the Macklin cabin, Lizzy emerges from within, her white dress soaked in blood, carrying the lifeless body of a newborn baby. Shot by cinematographer Lyn Moncrief using an extremely cold colour palette of muted blues and whites, the red of the blood really pops, driving home the visceral horror of whatever has just happened. And that's even before the slam cut to one of the most disturbing and realistic cinematic corpses I've seen in a long time. The scene perfectly sets the tone, whilst also providing vital plot information and conveying how unforgiving the milieu can be - all without a single word of dialogue.This scene occurs at roughly the mid-way point of the story, and it becomes apparent in the third scene that the film is using a non-linear narrative structure that requires viewers pay attention, with temporal jumps often indicated by nothing but bridging sounds, or occasionally subtle changes in wardrobe and/or hair. Although the last act does settle into a slightly more linear style, the film gets a lot of mileage out of the temporal discontinuity, forcing the audience to question the order and often significance of seemingly inconsequential events, skewering how we would receive the story were it told in sequence, and putting us on edge from the get-go. The fact that we are often uncertain as to exactly where we are in the timeline also mirrors Lizzy's own uncertainty regarding what's happening to Emma, and ultimately, what's happening to herself.From an aesthetic point of view, although Tammi and Moncrief certainly show the beauty of the New Mexico landscape, they also refuse to romanticise it. This is a harsh world that will punish anyone who doesn't afford it suitable respect, even without the introduction of supernatural elements. As the film progresses, and we get deeper and deeper into Lizzy's psychosis/haunting, Moncrief shoots the initially vast-open plains in such a way as to become increasingly claustrophobic - there are more scenes at night when we are unable to see more than a couple of feet; there are fewer high-elevation shots, trapping the audience at ground level with Lizzy; the skies become darker, more foreboding, and more oppressive; there are more tightly-framed interior shots. This sets up a visual paradox similar to that of The Blair Witch Project 1999 - although the characters are out in the open, they are very much imprisoned by their environment.Especially important in the film's atmosphere is Juan Campos's exceptional sound design, which elevates the evocation of dread several notches above what it would otherwise have been, as gunshots, slammed doors, and screams deafeningly pierce the silence without warning. Particularly of note is the sound of the wind itself, which is normal enough to be recognisable, but unusual enough to be unsettling; is that a voice drifting across the plains, or is it a trick of the senses? This works in tandem with Moncrief's excellent use of shadows to suggest a horror that's always just slightly off-camera which, of course, is far more terrifying than anything that could be shown . Indeed, apart from a single jump-scare albeit, an effective one , the film's tone is conveyed exclusively through sound and shadow. Tammi is more concerned with mood and ambiguity than in revealing the "monster", and in this, the sound design and cinematography serve her extremely well.Thematically, whilst it may not appear on the surface, The Wind actually has a lot to say. For starters, the sudden arrival of Gideon and Emma facilitates an examination of the nature of existence on the edge of civilisation. Despite the isolation and loneliness, Lizzy seems hesitant to welcome new neighbours, lamenting to Isaac that they will have to get to know the new couple; "in the city, strangers stay strangers. Out here, we don't have that luck". Later on, when Emma asks if there's a church nearby, Lizzy tells her, "not enough folk around here yet". This lets us know just how sparsely populated and isolated we really are, with the absence of even organised religion, whilst also subtly suggesting this is a Godless place. And of course, there's the inherent ambiguity; is there literally a demon stalking Lizzy, or has the stress of isolation, the loss of her baby, and the events involving the Harveys simply pushed her over the edge into psychosis? Tammi and Gerard handle this ambiguity beautifully, veering first in one direction and then in another, culminating in a captivating final shot that addresses all of our questions whilst answering none of them.However, Tammi's main thematic preoccupation is a metaphorical examination of a pre-#MeToo era and its concomitant mindset. Horror has always been a fertile breeding-ground for socio-political probing, with Get Out 2017 as probably the best known recent example. In the case of The Wind, it's a sustained allegory for pre-#MeToo politics - a powerful monster targets a vulnerable woman, terrorising her with impunity, whilst the man in her life and in the case of Emma, even other women don't believe her claims, basically telling her she should be a good girl and stop causing such a fuss. It couldn't be any clearer if the demon's name was Harvey! The film very clearly shows that Lizzy suffers almost as much from the fact that Isaac doesn't believe her as she does from her conviction in the presence of the entity.That the film is a feminised appropriation of the western mythos serves to drive home the allegorical nature of the story. Lizzy is, on the surface, a stock character - "the wife", the one who looks after the home whilst the men are out doing manly things. So even though she has a relatively progressive marriage, the fact that she may be mentally ill is not something about which Isaac concerns himself; mental illness or not, her role is to maintain the home. This is one of the great ironies at the heart of the film; whether she is literally being haunted or is suffering a breakdown, it doesn't matter, because Isaac isn't going to do anything either way; he no more believes in the demon she claims is stalking her than he is concerned for her psychological well-being. Irrespective of the cause haunting or breakdown , the dangers of which she warns are very real, and his failure to understand that fact adds to the socio-political framework that Tammi so carefully constructs. And the crucial point here is that Isaac isn't a bad husband; he's just very much of his era.The Wind is an extremely impressive horror-western. But it's an even more impressive study of isolation and possible psychological disintegration. Genuinely creepy in places, Tammi and her crew have created an exceptionally well-crafted film rich in feminist connotations all the while remaining faithful to a genre not exactly known for its nuanced depictions of women.
Great slow burn psychological thriller... (by Wikkid_Gamez)
Ok, that first review is a bit much to read and a bit over thought ... Don't let it detour you from giving this movie a chance if you like the slow burn psychological thriller type of movies fast paced gore fans will probably find it dull . Its very well done in my opinion. Good acting, nice steady pace that keeps the suspense going. Along with a really good score, or lack of at times enhancing how completely isolated and alone she is. The few special effects it does have are done well and not cheesy. Definitely worth taking a chance on. I love the fast gore fest stuff as well if done <more>
right but this is definitely not that.There are only a handful of actors and the main character is alone a lot of the time. You do need to make sure you can actually sit and watch it without doing other things as well because there are a lot of flashbacks and back and forth from past to present. So try and wait until you can actually kick back and let yourself get sucked into the story. The pieces fit together. Anyone that likes suspenseful, mysterious, slow burn phycological thrillers that make you think will love is. It is a very well done thought out story, the characters are likeable and you end up caring about what happens to them.I am not saying anything about what actually happens story wise as I do not like posting spoilers if I can help it. Knowing too much can take away from the suspense of these kinds of movies. Its better to go in blind. So I am leaving it at that.
Demon praying on the American frontier (by sanjidparvez)
This is a damn good psychological horror with a Western setting. Beautifully shot, edited and loaded with atmosphere, THE WIND sets the story on the American frontier, where a lonely wife, Lizzy living in a desolate cabin in the middle of nowhere begins to sense a sinister presence that seems to be borne of the land itself, an overwhelming dread that her husband dismisses as superstition. When a newlywed couple arrive at a nearby homestead, the whispering wind returns, setting a motion of eerie chain of events resulting violence & death.With a well balanced non-linear narrative, THE WIND <more>
pay-offs more or less the same way THE BABADOOK did. Highly recommended.