Land Film Review: Camping for Women

Land Film Review
Read our LAND film review below to learn more about this story ahead of its release.

By Sara Baird

I’m a mom teetering at the edge of an empty nest. As I’ve seen my kids grow up and become independent humans making it on their own, I’ve often found myself holding tighter to the one I still have at home and my spouse and to sometimes consider the unimaginable. How would I even cope if I lost them? Land tells the story of two individuals who are faced with the harsh life-changing reality of the loss of their entire family and their quest for survival in the life they are left with. This film will tear at the emotions of anyone who has ever considered what they would do when faced with the ultimate loss while offering the hope of resiliency built through the power of the outdoors and human connection.

Land is the directorial debut of Golden Globe-winning actress Robin Wright who both directs and stars in the film. It is the story of Edee Mathis, a mother, and wife in the aftermath of the tragic loss of her family. As Edee struggles with her future she moves into a rustic mountain cabin in Wyoming. She leaves behind her sister, her phone, and much of her former life and even goes so far as to be left without a vehicle. She is truly alone. The film takes an excruciating twist as a mistake leaves Edee with little food to survive on. She continues to fight the battle between staying alive and just letting go until Miguel (played by Demain Bichir) arrives. Miquel is a local man who has faced a similar tragic loss in his life. The story turns to the struggle of accepting help and the decision to heal.

The film’s hour and a half carried me on an emotional rollercoaster from the beginning when Edee is asked “Have you thought about what you want your life to be now?” I struggled to understand how a person would even approach that question. As Edee prepared to head off into the wilderness I was shocked at the carelessness with which she left. I also dealt with anger and judgment as she made some very poor decisions ranging from bringing single-serve plastic water bottles with her (where does she expect to discard those anyway?) to her lack of self-preservation in her decisions. Eventually, I was asking myself what I would do in those same situations and felt the gut-wrenching realization of how true her words were when asked by Miguel if she ever got lonely out there “I know I’d be more lonely there than here.”

The film’s scenery tied the emotional rollercoaster together with breathtaking scenes of open spaces, mountain views, and sunsets. Many of the scenes did not contain dialog leaving you to just feel the healing nature of the beautiful setting and hard work that living remotely entails. The relationship that builds between Miquel and Edee turns this story of incomprehensible loss into one of hope and resilience.

 

Land film review: My Recommendation

This is a film that I found I needed to check out from my reality to experience wholly. I struggled a little with the timeline of the film. The film drifts through seasons and I had to read a description to realize that it takes place over a couple of years. I also had to step back from the plain stupidity of some of Edee’s decisions. As I let go of that I found myself stepping into the shoes of the incredible loss experience by both Edee and Miquel and shedding tears. This is a sad film without a doubt but it redeems itself by offering lessons in residency and hope as Edee makes decisions about what her life should be like now because she does still have that choice and that power in her life. I think anyone who loves the outdoors and has ever thought of a similar retreat in times of loss and overwhelm would find this film meaningful and touching.

 

Robin Wright stars as Edee in her feature directorial debut LAND
Robin Wright stars as Edee in her feature directorial debut LAND, a Focus Features release. Photo Credit: Daniel Power, Focus Features

 

The Review Background:

Camping for Women’s Sara Baird was invited to undertake a LAND film review in the lead up to the film’s official release on February 12.

 

Film synopsis:

LAND (Focus Features) Release: 02/12/21

A story about healing and the transcendent power of human kindness, Land follows the journey of a woman searching for a new way to live in the wake of a life-altering loss. Edee Holzer (Robin Wright) removes herself from society to embark on a solitary existence in the remote mountain wilderness of Wyoming. Living off the grid without any prior wilderness experience, Edee is buffeted by the elements and unprepared for nature’s formidable realities. She struggles mightily against odds that grow steeper by the day, but a timely encounter with a local man, Miguel Borras (Demián Bichir), opens the door to a deeper understanding of nature as he teaches her the skills she needs to survive. An unexpected friendship develops between two wounded souls and a bond that confers healing and grace.

 

Starring Robin Wright, Demián Bichir, Kim Dickens
Directed By Robin Wright
Produced By Allyn Stewart, Lora Kennedy, Leah Holzer, Peter Saraf, Leah Holzer

 

Watch the Trailer here:

 

 

Sara Baird, Nicole Anderson, and the team at Camping for Women sincerely thank Brigade Marketing for facilitating the preview screening, enabling this review to be published ahead of the release date for our readers.

 

What are your thoughts on the above Land film review?

Is this a movie that you are keen to see when it is released? Let us know your initial thoughts below.

 

 

Blogger, Reviewer and Multiple Contributor

I am an adventurer at heart, always looking for the next opportunity to learn something new. I spend my winter days working with high school students to explore their interests and develop passions.

I spend my evenings and summers developing new hobbies and being outdoors as much as possible.  I enjoy camping, hiking, cross country skiing, and biking.

28 thoughts on “Land Film Review: Camping for Women

  • March 8, 2021 at 9:03 pm
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    Sounds like a great movie to watch with a lot of heartwarming and emotional content.Thanks for sharing looking forward to watching it.

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  • February 10, 2021 at 2:14 pm
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    The whole story line and premise sounds truly heartwarming and touching. Something very relatable.

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  • February 9, 2021 at 2:12 am
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    I only saw this trailer on TV this last weekend. It looks like a good one!

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  • February 8, 2021 at 12:02 pm
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    Wow! This is a really nice film review. Dealing with loss can really be hard— so hard that some people die from heartache. I read the other day about a man who lost his wife sometime in December. He couldn’t bear it and he died in February. Mind you, he didn’t kill himself. He just wasn’t strong enough to deal with it. No one really knows if or how they’d pull through until they are in the situation. But I like that this film offers hope in the end. Once we realize that pain can destroy as well as make us stronger, we’d decide what side we want to be on.

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  • February 8, 2021 at 2:00 am
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    Robin Wright is one of my favorites.
    I recently watched the movie Into the Wild which is soul-riveting.
    The same concept, when a young man leaves life and civilization behind to enjoy the journey different than the one he grew up with.

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  • February 7, 2021 at 6:16 pm
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    Sounds like an emotional roller coaster indeed. I will have to keep some tissues ready when I get to watch it.

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  • February 7, 2021 at 3:10 pm
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    I have a 15 year old who is about to turn 16. Thankfully, I also have a 1 year old so I know it will be a long time before I had that empty nest. It’s crazy how when we initially had kids we couldn’t wait for them to grow up and now that they are, we wish they were still kids.

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  • February 7, 2021 at 3:09 pm
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    I love Robin Wright – Living off the grid is what we want to eventually do up here in Washington state. You gave such a great review this is one movie I can’t wait to see. thanks

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  • February 7, 2021 at 12:33 am
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    I have not heard of this before, and I know I would love it. So thanks for the intro!

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  • February 6, 2021 at 11:26 pm
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    I haven’t heard about it but I think it would be a great movie for me to sob – I am a crybaby with sad movies 🙂

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    • February 7, 2021 at 3:01 pm
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      Definitely have your tissues ready!

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  • February 6, 2021 at 12:35 pm
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    Sounds like a great film

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  • February 6, 2021 at 12:20 pm
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    looks like a must-watch to me. I totally missed the news about this movie at all!

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  • February 6, 2021 at 12:19 pm
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    Haven’t come across your blog before, I’ll definitely be coming back. You’ve totally sold me on this film!

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  • February 6, 2021 at 9:20 am
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    This sounds like I movie I could watch, especially when I want to feel something.

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  • February 6, 2021 at 7:45 am
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    This sounds like a really intriguing and heart-wrenching movie, but by the sounds of it I would get quite frustrated whilst watching it too. It’s always so annoying when characters make really dumb, obviously wrong decisions because you just want to yell at the screen! 😅😂

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  • February 6, 2021 at 7:22 am
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    Looking forward to watching it

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    • February 6, 2021 at 11:13 am
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      I can see much emotions felt by those who watch the movie. This seems to be a moving one, as feelings are strong.

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  • February 6, 2021 at 6:54 am
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    Though my nest has just gotten filled, this sounds like it could be an interesting watch. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  • February 5, 2021 at 8:39 pm
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    This for sure sounds like a movie I’d watch. ANd probably like you, I’d be confused and angry at some of the decisions the lead character made. But in times of tragedy and healing we often make unexpected choices.

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  • February 5, 2021 at 6:24 pm
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    This seems like a movie I might want to view.

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  • February 5, 2021 at 5:22 pm
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    I have not seen the movie, the review you have written is really good. I will check out the movie!

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  • February 5, 2021 at 4:15 am
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    This sounds like something I would really love to see. Great job reviewing the film!

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    • February 6, 2021 at 7:31 am
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      Love the trailer and would love to watch this. Looks very nice.

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