Review: The Innocents

The Innocents is one of the most beautiful and touching films I have ever seen. It’s set in 1945 Poland. A French doctor Mathilde Beaulieu (Lou de Laâge) is in Poland taking care of wounded French soldiers. She is called to a convent by a frantic nun. She discovers a number of pregnant nuns, all about to deliver. Continue reading “Review: The Innocents”

Review: Fatima

Fatima is the story of a Moroccan woman living in France. She’s raising her two daughters on her own. Fatima (Soria Zeroual, in her first ever role) speaks and writes only Arabic. Her French isn’t very good, even after years of living there. Continue reading “Review: Fatima”

Review: No Second Chance (Une chance de trop)

No Second Chance, Une chance de trop in the original French, is a mystery thriller based on a novel by Harlan Coben. This 6 part series from France is a tense nail-biting ride from start to finish. Continue reading “Review: No Second Chance (Une chance de trop)”

Review: 1000 Rupee Note (Ek Hazarachi Note)

1000 Rupee Note (Ek Hazarachi Note in Marathi) is an Indian film about poverty, wealth, and the corruption of power. Beware the spoilers. Continue reading “Review: 1000 Rupee Note (Ek Hazarachi Note)”

Watch This: Trailer for Girls Lost

Girls Lost is a Swedish production. The title in Swedish is Pojkarna. It’s a story about coming of age, gender identity, gender roles, and friendship. Alexandra-Therese Keining wrote and directed the film, based on a YA novel by Jessica Schiefauer. Keining described the film as a “modern fairy tale.” Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Girls Lost”

Review: Dukhtar (Daughter)

Dukhtar (Daughter) is set in the rural mountains of northern Pakistan. There tribal rules govern everything about a woman’s life. The practice of allowing child brides is still in effect. Beware the spoilers. Continue reading “Review: Dukhtar (Daughter)”

Review: Difret

In Amharic, the word Difret means courage. This film about a 14 year old Ethiopian girl and the young female lawyer who represents her tells a true story of courage and the right to be free. Continue reading “Review: Difret”

Review: Sweet Bean (An)

Sweet Bean is also titled An (the Japanese name for bean paste) and Sweet Red Bean Paste. No matter what you call this Japanese film, Sweet Bean is a warm, loving film about three people and food. Continue reading “Review: Sweet Bean (An)”