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'Wind River:' America’s Frontier and 'America's Greatest Failure'

"[The film] it is a study of the consequence of forcing people to live on land where people were never meant to live."8/07/2017 1:45 PM Eastern
"Taylor Sheridan's tense, terse police procedural/Western, Wind River, begins with an icy, moonlit, Wyoming landscape," explains Bob Mondello. "There's no one for miles, except a gasping, Native American teenage girl running in the snow, terrified and barefoot.

"She falls. Screams. Gets up. Runs some more.

"Cut to bright daylight. A wolf stalking a flock of sheep. A shot rings out as this predator is felled by another: a marksman who, in his snow-camouflage gear, blends invisibly into the landscape. Cory (played by Jeremy Renner) also blends in socially, though there aren't many folks to blend in with next to the Wind River Indian Reservation. His being close to the people there is what makes this film compelling in a genre that's become so cut-and-dried the term 'thriller' barely describes it any more." To read the full article, click here.

"I think my mission, if I could call it that, as a storyteller is to try and find ways to show how similar we are and not how different we are," Sheridan says. "You can admire the differences and the distinctions and respect them and learn from them. But it's the sameness that will give this country a sense of community that it used to have, I think. Maybe it never authentically had it, but it certainly needs it. And then as a nation, as a society, the problems affecting anyone in that society are a problem affecting everyone in that society." To read the full interview with Sheridan, click here.

Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner in 'Wind River.' Photo by Fred Hayes, 2017 The Weinstein Company
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"Wind River explores perhaps the most tangible remnant of America’s frontier, and America's greatest failure -- the Native American reservation," Sheridan says. "At its most personal, it is the study of how a man moves on from a tragedy without ever gaining closure. At its broadest, it is a study of the consequence of forcing people to live on land where people were never meant to live.

"It is a brutal place where the landscape itself is an antagonist. It is a place where addiction and murder kills more than cancer, and rape is considered a rite of passage for girls on the cusp of womanhood. It is a place where the rule of law gives way to the law of nature. No place in North America has changed less in the past century, and no place in America has suffered more from the changes that have taken place."

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