Wind River

Wind River

DVD - 2017
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An FBI agent teams with a town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.

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mslow98
Jan 17, 2018

This is a breathtakingly beautiful and haunting film.
The opening scene - a hunter killing a wolf that was stalking a herd - almost turned me away as it was stunning and brutal and yet clearly necessary...did I want to take all that on that particular evening? Thank goodness I stuck with it as this is one of the best films I've seen this year.
Layered, nuanced performances, no easy answers, and - perhaps most important - a slow awareness of a specific example of how cruel our nation has been - AND IS - to indigenous peoples.
Watch this. It will be something you'll think of in the days that follow. Then act.

tuscany1 Jan 03, 2018

Inspired by true events - a very strong, emotive, quality mystery murder set amidst the desolation of the Wind River Indian Reservation where only the strong survive in this stark and brutal wilderness.

Compelling drama with powerfully restrained performances from Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen and Graham Greene. Injustice, in all its many guises, is this film's main momentum and strength.

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maipenrai
Jan 01, 2018

This fine film involves the death of a Native American woman and demonstrates the lack of assistance provided by non-Native law enforcement. This is especially true when the victim is a woman. Jeremy Renner plays a fish and wildlife warden who hunts predators, normally of the animal variety, for a living. Elizabeth Olsen is the fish-out-of-water FBI agent and the marvelous Graham Greene is the tribal police chief. The three of them are determined to find justice for the young woman who so bravely fought to survive. Renner's character as suffered a similar loss and we see genuine grief on his part and those of Natalie's parents. One of the most poignant moments in the film for me is when the victim's father has painted a "death face" on himself. When Renner asks him what it means, her father has to reply he does not know because there is no one left on the reservation to teach him how to grieve as an Arapaho. Excellent acting - I had never take Elizabeth Olsen seriously as an actress, but I think she did a very good job. Many painful moments, but also humorous and hopeful ones. Recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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bob33lib
Dec 22, 2017

I saw the movie as his best performance. I found the messages at the end of the movie eye opening. As I have worked in the North I get the self reliance thoughts. Worth watching twice.

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Starmaple
Dec 16, 2017

I found the movie slow moving at times. The female acting weak.

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hipchick07
Dec 13, 2017

This was a really well made movie. Finally a movie worth watching. Good story and I loved the winter setting. I really made me think too.

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singidunum_25
Dec 12, 2017

“ We learn how the Native American culture is victimized in a way that takes us inside their world and their souls, but the journey is skillfully handled and never heavy handed.“

“ It is the great shame of my nation the manner in which it has treated the native inhabitants of North America. Sadly, my government continues that shame with an insidious mixture of apathy and exploitation. (...) There is nothing I can do to change the issues afflicting Indian country, but what we can do as artists - and must do - is scream about them with fists clenched. What we can do - is make sure these issues aren't ignored. Then the people who can effect change will be forced to. [Cannes 2017] Taylor Sheridan director

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graybear1
Dec 11, 2017

Highly recommended! One of the best movies we've ever seen. Actor Jeremy Renner & writer-director Taylor Sheridan should get Oscars for this one!

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JennaSS
Dec 11, 2017

A must watch! I really enjoyed the slow burn feel of the movie, made every moment a thriller

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jimg2000
Dec 09, 2017

Humanistic drama on a left-behind Native Americans community: drugs, lack of opportunity, poverty, oil & gas company man-camps, sex trafficking, VAWA and MMIW. Agree with others that both Olsen and Renner turned in their best work on screen; another stellar film directed and written by Sheridan (Hell or High Water 2016, Sicario 2015.) Suggest to watch the deleted scene on Olsen checking in the motel for a good laugh.

From DVD cover: Wind River is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent who teams up with a game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past to investigate the mysterious killing of a local girl on a remote native American reservation.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2017

Then the phone rang which is never good. But today it was.
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You're daughter's gone. Now the good news, as soon as you accept that, as soon as you let yourself suffer, allow yourself to grieve, You'll be able to visit her in your mind, and remember all the joy she gave you. All the love she knew.
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The point is, Martin, you can't steer from the pain. If you do, you'll rob yourself. You'll rob yourself of every memory of her. Every last one. From the first step... to her last smile. You kill 'em all. Just take the pain, Martin. Do you hear me? You take it. It's the only way to keep her with you.
-I'm just tired, Cory. I'm just.. so tired of fighting this life.
What you do now you is for your boy.
-Drugs is his family now. He's gone too. Lives right down the damn
road, but it's... He's gone.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2017

The Gannet Peak. Highest mountain in Wyoming. On the hottest day in August, still there's a feet of snow. Today, too cold to snow.
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You know what it's like out here in this frozen hell? Ain't there nothing to do. No nothing. Aint no women, no fun. This is fxcking snow and the fxcking silence, that's all!
-My family's people were forced here. Stuck here for a century. That's snow and silence is the only thing that hasn't been taken from them. So what did you take?
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I got lucky.
-Ah. well, luck don't live out here. Luck lives in the city. Don't live out here. It lives where you get hit by a bus or not. Where your bank is robbed or not. At someone's damn cell phone when he come up to a crosswalk. That's luck, that's winning or losing. Out here you survive or you surrender. That's determined by your strength and bare spirit. Wolves don't kill the unlucky deer. They kill the weak ones. You fought for your life Jane. And now you get to walk away with it. You'll get to go home.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2017

(12-7-2017: Ojai officials said it was a “miracle” that fierce Santa Ana winds had subsided on Thursday ...)
I got my truck and a high out of there and I wound up in a little mountain town called Ojai. I get there and it's like fruit farms. Vineyards. And there is this mountain surrounding it you know like protecting the town. And the people there like everybody smiles at each other. They say hello. it's like I remember thinking they were all like. I don't know. They had these looks in their eyes. Like they ran on some sort of secret like they had all figured it out. There is this mission, the Spanish mission right there in the middle of the town. They are having Christmas mass. They're celebrating Christmas. 70 degrees where you know. I just land there. pick me an orange of the tree and sat down on a bench, to listen that choir singing, eating my orange. You know that was the best Christmas I've ever had.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2017

A Meadow in My perfect world:
Here is a meadow
in my perfect world.
Where wind dances
the branches of the tree
casting leopards spots of light
across the face of pond.
The tree stands tall
and grand and alone,
shading the world beneath it.
There will come a day
when I rest against its spine
and look out over a valley
where the sun warms,
but never burns.
I will watch leaves turn
Green, then amber, then crimson.
Then no leaves at all.
But the tree will not die.
For in this place,
winter never comes.
It is here,
in the cradle of all I hold dear,
I guard every memory of you.
And when I find myself frozen
in the mud of the real
far from your loving eyes.
I will return to this place,
close mine, and take solace in the simple
perfection of knowing you.
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That's cold enough to freeze a gold digger's ass out here.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2017

I'm not going to stand here and tell you that life's fair, Cause it ain't. To either of us. But you know, what do we go? This land is all we got left.
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You gonna lecture me about protecting people? While you deal the shit thats killing em? Unlike most people... You had every chance to
get the hell out if thats what you wanted. You got the Army. You got College. Whatever is your choice. Look what you choose. Look what you chose. God damn you.
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She was such a good girl. But we let our guard down. Yeah. Let me tell you. Maybe you'll have kids one day. You cannot blink. Not once, not ever.
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We'll take the refinery road around.
-See you gotta drive 50 miles to go 5.
Welcome to Wyoming.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2017

Where's your brother?
- He's in prison. Where you put him
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Won't your daddy be proud?
- My dad's in prison, asshole..
I know, I put him there.
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Look, I know you're looking for clues, but you're missing all the signs.
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I'm telling you. The answer is out there.
Hey look... um... I don't know how to do this. Okay? I'm not a tracker.
That's okay, it's all I do.
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These kids... they expect to go to prison. Hell, I think they look forward to it. You know? Three hoots, and a cot, and free cable? Anything better being here... the way they see it.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2017

Man, i get so mad i want to fight the whole world. You got any idea what that feels like?
-I do. I decided to fight the feeling instead. Cause i figured the world would win.
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Don't look at me. Hey, I'm used to no help.
-You have six officers on your entire force... to cover an area
the size of Rhode Island.
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But I knew that girl. She was a fighter. So no matter how far you think she ran... I can guarantee you she ran farther.
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I'm trying to help.
-Why is it whenever you people try to help, it starts with insults. I don't know why she didn't tell me. But she was eighteen. nd I chose to trust her. I chose wrong.

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jimg2000
Dec 10, 2017

Ending quote: “While missing person statistics are compiled for every other demographic, none exist for Native American women.”
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Shouldn't we wait for back up?
-This isn't the land of waiting for back up. This is the land of you're on your own.
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You'd think folks would realize this isn't sheep country.
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She got a job interview. Jackson, some hotel I think.
- Jackson Hole?
Ya.
- Gonna live with the millionaires, eh?
Haven't heard about that, I think.. ..the billionaires chased out the millionaires years ago. Ah, save your money. When the wolves start eating their Golden Retrievers... that land's gonna go for pennies on the dollar.
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Thermals can make underwear wedge up your bottom, but I guess yours are already there.

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Nov 08, 2017

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