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Woman Walks Ahead (2017)

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Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Chastain ... Catherine Weldon
Louisa Krause ... Loretta
Boots Southerland Boots Southerland ... Cab Driver NY
Chaske Spencer ... Chaska
Ciarán Hinds ... James McLaughlin (as Ciaran Hinds)
Kindall Charters ... Waiter - Sleeping Car
Sam Rockwell ... Silas Groves
Jacob Browne ... Waiter - Dining Car
Luce Rains ... Old Man at Train Station
Rod Rondeaux Rod Rondeaux ... Indian Robber
Rulan Tangen ... Susan McLaughlin
Michael Greyeyes ... Sitting Bull
Monika Crowfoot ... Seen By The Nation
Debbie Black Lance Debbie Black Lance ... Old Sioux Woman
David Midthunder ... Shell King


Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.

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Rated R for brief violence and language | See all certifications »

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English | Sioux

Release Date:

29 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Frau, die vorausgeht See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,863, 1 July 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,528, 9 August 2018
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Michael Greyeyes plays Sitting Bull, one of the most famous Native American chiefs of the 19th century. See more »

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A Poetic Approach to A Dark Material
1 July 2018 | by Polar-NightSee all my reviews

Can Jessica Chastain do any wrong? Every project she chooses has beauty and sophistication.

I'm saddened by the ignorant and imprudent reviews which I read this week. Especially someone calling it "listless". The ongoing hype on action movies and the many dialogues in movies have seemingly numbed the senses of the average moviegoers as they cannot anymore feel without touch, hear without words and see without movement.. The movie contains so many touching moments, relatable characters, an emotional bond between the leads, a sensitive approach to a dark material and a stunning cinematography which will make me watch the movie again on the big screen.

Since the topic on Native American rights, Standing Rock and pipelines is as relevant as ever, this movie is of great importance and should not be treated as a forgettable indie film - Shame on the so-called critics.

The Native Americans are treated and depicted respectfully by giving them character traits, letting them speak in their own language and showing their bond with nature and their understanding of life. In all movies about Native Americans which I watched, there has always been strong violence, humiliation and vulgarism. Noteworthily is the final shot of a white horse dancing upon hearing a gun shot accompanied by Jessica Chastain's painting-like suffering on the ground - with her loose and long hair which emphasises her long-awaited freedom ! So happy to finally watch a female Western about Native Americans, which is as beautiful as a Romantic painting and as touching as an elegy.

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