At the last minute I decided to bail on last night's (6 pm) screening of Sarah Polley's Women Talking, an adaptation of Miriam Toews' 2018 novel about eight Mennonite women confronting a horrific pattern of sexual assaults within their community. Because of the all-female ensemble factor (except for the allegedly wimpy Ben Whishaw character) and an allegedly gripping feminist current, Polley's film is being hailed a Best Picture contender by a fair number of award-season sniffers (including Variety's Clayton Davis).