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 Zukerman, and Julia Goldani Telles. It was produced by Soapbox Films and Divide/Conquer.
The character Emma seems to enjoy Gothic literature. Among the books from her collection that read aloud at various points in the film are Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho. See more »
The double-barrel shotgun Lizzy uses requires percussion caps, but whenever she fires it or prepares to fire it by pulling back the hammers, there are no caps. Without them, the weapon is inoperable. See more »
Indie psychological thriller with a hard female gaze
So; just putting my personal bias out there; I love a good psychological indie thriller/ horror, especially one with a historical and/or religious element. Roughly up until the 1900s (not sure of the exact dates but educated guess) it's likely that mental illness was treated as a physical manifestation of the devil, so when we watch a film like this we are wondering whether they are crazy or whether it's IRL demons. I actually prefer lower budget horrors sometimes as I think the plot has to work harder due to the inability to create CGI monsters or whatever (which I'm not that interested in anyway). If you enjoyed the VVitch or the Exorcist you might be into this.
The film centres around Elizabeth and her husband Isaac who live in the middle of ominous tumbleweedy nowhere. From the outset, the tale is dark and shocking. The couple were not always alone but had neighbours in the form of a bored and flirty Emma and her downtrodden husband Gideon (the female characters have the most dialogue in this film, so the male characters personalities are pretty much suggested via their views only.) Emma was pregnant but despite Lizzie's efforts to save them, both she and the newborn are dead. The film skips backwards and to the present to explain what exactly has occurred.
I noticed that quite a few reviews complain about the pace, but I really thought it was pretty ample; given that it picks up in speed and has abit too appropriate of a climax. Perhaps it actually picks up too fast, tries too hard to scare us and becomes a little silly (what with all the ghosts and demons running around the actual plains/ the plains of Lizzie's mind). The cinematography, especially at the end is stunning. The performance of the female lead (Caitlin Gerard - whom I've never seen before so my perception can't be informed by anything else) really holds it all together and the strength of the film really lies in the femme centric gaze and her true isolation. 7.5/ 10
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