Watch This: Trailer for Chavela

Chavela is a documentary about Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas. This barrier-breaking singer was famous for her emotional delivery and her penchant for wearing pants onstage. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Chavela”

Review: The Lighthouse of the Orcas (El faro de las orcas)

The Lighthouse of the Orcas (El faro de las orcas) is a beautiful Argentinean film based on a real person – Roberto “Beto” Bubas, a park ranger in Patagonia, Argentina. Continue reading “Review: The Lighthouse of the Orcas (El faro de las orcas)”

Review: Summertime (La belle saison)

Summertime (La belle saison) is a French film about a lesbian romance set in the 1970s. In Paris women were fighting for equality and change, while in the countryside things remained as they had always been. There are spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Summertime (La belle saison)”

Review: The Handmaiden

The Handmaiden tells a familiar story to followers of writer Sarah Waters and her novel Fingersmith. That version of the story was made into a film called Fingersmith, set in Victorian England. Continue reading “Review: The Handmaiden”

Review: A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) is a heartwarming story from Sweden. Adapted from the best selling novel by Fredrik Backman by director Hannes Holm, the tale is a worthy rendering of the novel. Rolf Lassgård is wonderful as Ove. Continue reading “Review: A Man Called Ove”

Watch This: Trailer for Tomorrow: Take Concrete Steps to a Sustainable Future

Just in time for Earth Day, comes Tomorrow: Take Concrete Steps to a Sustainable Future, a documentary from France. The film is mostly in English with some subtitles. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Tomorrow: Take Concrete Steps to a Sustainable Future”

Watch This: Trailer for Stefan Zweig, Farewell to Europe

Stefan Zweig, Farewell to Europe is from director Maria Schrader. Schrader wrote and directed this story of Stefan Zweig, the Austrian Jewish writer and his life while in exile from 1936 to 1942. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Stefan Zweig, Farewell to Europe”

Review: Divines

Divines is a high energy French film about teenagers in the Paris suburbs from first time director Houda Benyamina. Benyamina won the Golden Camera at Cannes last year, and the film was nominated Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language at the Golden Globes. Divines is now on Netflix. Continue reading “Review: Divines”