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Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) makes his directorial debut with this Western thriller starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olson.
Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) continues to probe troubling social issues with his directorial debut, a Western thriller set on a Wyoming reservation in the dead of winter. When a young Native American woman is found dead in the snow, a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate what happened to her.
Along with starkly beautiful cinematography, Sheridan’s film offers “sharp observations among his Native American characters (not merely paid lip service), as well as the sudden crack of gunfire. You learn to look for tracks and clues; it’s a film that makes you a better viewer” (Time Out).
D: Taylor Sheridan, US, 2017, 1h47m
Praise for Wind River in The Los Angeles Times:
Wind River, written and directed by Taylor Sheridan and starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, is something special. At times poetic, at others bleak and brutal—and how could it be otherwise, with rape and murder at the heart of its plot—this tense, convincing independent film is the most accomplished violent thriller in quite some time. Set on the Native American reservation in Wyoming that gives the film its name, the complete plausibility of Wind River is attached to an unmistakable tang of authenticity. Filled with gritty dialogue from strong, well-defined characters who say only what needs to be said and not another word, this film is everything it should be and more. Sheridan, previously known as a veteran actor and the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Hell or High Water and Sicario, won a top directing award at Cannes for work that announces the arrival of a significant filmmaker.