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It's refreshing to see such an original stab at this type of indie genre-bender, especially one told from a strictly female point of view.
"The Wind" doesn't seek to make infallible heroes of its women, but to understand and empathize with even their most unforgivable acts. And it's a hugely promising debut in terms of Tammi's steady, assured directorial craft.
While some of the story elements are missing or thin, Tammi demonstrates a real knack for visual storytelling and mood; balancing tone and pace while pulling off some very creepy moments.
The good elements in The Wind only serve to remind you of the potential for this story, but the final product is just a lesser version of much better films.
The Wind could have been much better if editing and creative timelines took a step back, and allowed the harrowing story and stellar performances to be the focus of the terror. As it is, the film tries far too hard to tell a tale that needs no frills.
While intriguing in its take on the dynamics between women and how the forces of nature influence their psyche in such an isolated setting, the narrative moves too slowly and is too abstract in regard to the terror it attempts to portray.
The film has a conspicuous lack: intent on a political discussion of gender while situating itself within the frontier's violence, The Wind's social critique only goes so far.
The shortcomings of The Wind, however, are so typical of the genre that one wonders why such films are still being made.
The Wind is a confident, thoughtful, yet creeping and powerful film, with well-earned jump scares and demons both real and possibly imaginary, enough to make you afraid of the dark and the emptiness of even the most beautiful places.
The Wind may be a quick, immersive thrill that stops short of making a lasting impression but hopefully it'll have a lasting effect by putting Gerard, Telles and Tammi more firmly on the map.
The film's complicated narrative structure needlessly interrupts what is at times an engrossing descent into madness and fear, and takes away from the visceral qualities of the setting.
This movie blends genres by using the landscape of the Western pioneer and the horror of monsters that may still be roaming the untamed lands.
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