There is a common association in films of change and restart - often by mourning - with the need for suffering from extreme isolation. Land, actress Robin Wright's directorial debut, goes in exactly that direction by telling the story of Edee, a woman tormented and hurt by her own survival.
Scripted by debutant Jesse Chatham in partnership with Erin Dignam, the film follows a traditional track, which interweaves Edee's isolation journey with memories that will take the viewer to the reasons that led her there. This is imagined in the best possible way, due to obvious flashbacks and presence.
A constant problem in American productions, with a marked need to expose all situations and feelings in images, so that everything is understood in the smallest detail, Land loses much of its strength in this obviousness. Although they have the possibility to get to their point in a powerful way, the script and the direction opt for emotional hints that hardly match the tense moments of the film, always trying to lead it to the superficial melodrama.
If the plot gets in the way of the images they manipulate, it hits the ones that accompany Edee's search for his reunion with you. With beautiful locations in Alberta, Canada, representing Wyoming, director of photography Bobby Bukowski has plenty of material to impress, and has no difficulty doing so. Wright, who besides directing stars in the film, makes a pro forma distribution of the extreme scenes, but functional. If it goes too far, it is at other times, with dazzling plans characteristic of the first direction and many of them quite influenced by previous experience with television.
In acting, she does well, but in driving it depends a lot on the qualities of her actors. His main stage partner, who appears little by the plot itself, is Demián Bichir. He pity that, in spite of all the beauty of the place, the elaboration of the physical wear and tear of the present journey, the film cannot resist an obvious ending and delivered to the evident appeal. More than the overcoming and maturing of its protagonist, there is a desire to thrill in Land that goes beyond its own history and boycott.
Still, it has its successes and establishes itself as a good start to the journey, where many details and excesses must be observed, some elements need to find their definition, but the heart can be felt, as well as a good perception of atmosphere. To see.