Catch the Fair One Fantasia Festival

Fantasia Festival Review: ‘Catch the Fair One’ is a Powerhouse Action Drama with a Purpose

September 1, 2021Ben MK

The plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is a crisis that has plagued native communities for decades. And although the world in general has only recently had its eyes opened to the issue, little has been done to truly address the root of the problem. In Catch the Fair One, however, director Josef Kubota Wladyka tells the story of one woman who's forced to take matters into her own hands, as she embarks on a desperate mission to infiltrate a sex-trafficking ring and rescue her kidnapped sister.

A tough-as-nails former boxer who once had little trouble beating her opponents in the ring, Kaylee Uppeshau (real-life boxer Kali Reis) has now been beaten down by life. Estranged from her mother, a grief counsellor named Jaya (Kimberly Guerrero), Kaylee spends her days working in a diner and sleeping in a women's shelter at night. And while her focus used to lie on training for her next fight, now her every waking moment is virtually consumed with thoughts of finding her younger sister Weeta (Mainaku Borrero), who went missing two years earlier. But if there's one thing that hasn't changed, it's Kaylee's never-say-die attitude and unrelenting nature. So when she learns that Weeta may have been sold into the sex trade, she does the only thing she can think of — taking it upon herself to track down the culprits, even if that means risking her own life.

Make no mistake, the result is far from just your ordinary revenge flick. At times a heart-wrenching reminder of the MMIWG2S crisis, and at other times a heart-stopping and suspenseful thriller, Catch the Fair One is a powerhouse action drama with purpose. Moreover, though, this is the role that Reis was clearly born to play.

Catch the Fair One makes its international premiere at the 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 25 min.

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