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Women Without Wings (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 28 August 2002 (Canada)
In 1997, Marije lives with her mother in Canada. When her grand-father dies, she goes to the funerals in the mountains of Albania and steps into a past of blood feud and ancient customs. ... See full summary »


Nicholas Kinsey


Ken Chubb (story editor), Nicholas Kinsey




Credited cast:
Katya Gardner ... Marije
Micheline Lanctôt ... Zef
Lowell Gasoi Lowell Gasoi ... Murray
Besa Imami Besa Imami ... Gjelina
Linda Bush Linda Bush ... Lula
Agron Dizdari Agron Dizdari ... Old Sigurim
Merita Smaja Merita Smaja ... Sonila
Bep Shiroka Bep Shiroka ... Sigurim Chief
Christopher James Yarwood Christopher James Yarwood ... Restaurant Manager
Rebecca Smith Rebecca Smith ... Young Marije
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Dyson Christopher Dyson ... Jim
Guy Letourneau ... Pusher Protection (as Guy Létourneau)
Ina Mexhitaj Ina Mexhitaj ... Nora
Daryl Taylor Daryl Taylor ... Voice
Alfred Trebicka Alfred Trebicka ... Armand


In 1997, Marije lives with her mother in Canada. When her grand-father dies, she goes to the funerals in the mountains of Albania and steps into a past of blood feud and ancient customs. She meets her uncle Zef who, in fact, is an aunt. Zef is a 'vowed virgin' that is a woman who lives her life as a man never marrying of having children. Written by Lyse Lefebvre

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28 August 2002 (Canada) See more »

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An average Canadian film about brave women from Albania.
31 August 2009 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Serious cinema lovers must be informed that apart from Italian master Gianni Amelio's wonderful film "L'America",there are not so many films from western world which have tried to capture mystical beauty of Albania.Canadian director Nicholas Kinsey makes a valiant albeit unsuccessful attempt to recreate an Albanian tale in his film "Women Without Wings".His film is a tragic tale about ordinary Albanian women who decide to remain virgins in order to challenge male supremacy in a primitive,prejudiced society.A film about virgins rising unanimously against male supremacy would have turned out to be a major art house blockbuster but sadly viewers would not feel the same.This is because Nicholas Kinsey films a major part of his film in Canada wherein viewers encounter his Canadian heroine of Albanian origin doing not so heroic things.It is because of seeing ordinary events unfold on the screen that almost half of viewers' interest is lost."Women Without Wings" gathers pace in second half but it is already too late.By that time the film is unable to sustain viewers'interest in overall trajectory of dramatic events.This is one of the reasons why audience are unable to appreciate veteran Canadian actress Micheline Lanctot's performance as a valiant Albanian virgin.

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