Woman Walks Ahead review – Jessica Chastain historical drama is a sturdily liberal portrait

Chastain stars as Catherine Weldon, the artist who risked the ire of the pioneers to paint Native American leader Sitting Bull, in a solidly crafted film Related: Disobedience review – Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams impress in powerful love story Screenwriter Steven Knight and director Susanna White have here created juicy roles for Jessica Chastain and the charismatic Canadian actor Michael Greyeyes. It is an intriguing story from real life: with brutal moments, underpinned by a sturdily liberal and humanist balance in its portrayal of an important and little-known encounter between a white woman and a Native American. These were the artist-activist Catherine Weldon and the Sioux leader Sitting Bull, whom Weldon set out to paint while living with him and the Sioux tribe — to the horrified disgust of the military and civilian pioneers who suspected a subversive political intent. Continue reading...

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