A farm woman is accused of murdering her husband in early 1900's Midwest America.



Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Diane de Lorian ...
Mrs. Hale
Dorothy Lancaster ...
Mrs. Peters
Sheila Hinchliffe ...
Minnie Burke
Mr. Hale
Richard Schlossbach ...
County Attorney
Hank Giles ...
Mr. Peters


A farm woman is accused of murdering her husband in early 1900's Midwest America.

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Short | Crime | Drama



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11 February 1987 (Denmark)  »

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Dømt af medsøstre  »

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Quilt pieces by Mary Butler Shannon See more »


sung by 'Old First' Choir
Soloist 'Suzanna Ashton'
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Extremely Powerful Short Film
17 May 2003 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

This is an extremely powerful, Oscar-nominated, short film (30 minutes long) which works beautifully on a variety of levels. On the surface, it tells a fairly simple story about rural life at the start of the 20th century, but look deeper & it becomes a metaphor about the difference between male & female communication styles. At its deepest level, intended by both the author of the short story & the filmmaker, it becomes a feminist statement about the importance of including women as full participants in public life (in the arts as well as in politics).

Note the title: the film is set in a world in which women can not participate on juries, they can't even vote (yet). So the title itself is a clue to the multiple layers intended.

The filmmaker does an excellent job of visualizing the story but it does require patience -- you have to look carefully at the clues set before you in order to draw your own conclusions. This film will not simply tell you what to think about right & wrong.

Excellent for use in a book club or film club where you can watch together & then discuss. Only the stone-hearted will be ready to leave the room when the credits roll.

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