The Sense of Wonder (Le goût des merveilles) is a sweet French film

The Sense of Wonder (Le goût des merveilles) is a sweet story about a struggling mom of two, Louise (Virginie Efira), and a neurodivergent man she accidentally hits with her car. It’s streaming on Prime Video.

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Maria (and Everybody Else) brings comedy from Spain

Maria (and Everybody Else) ( María (y los demás)) is an energetic comedy of errors from Spain. The film was directed by Nely Reguera and stars Bárbara Lennie as the Maria everything swirls around. You can see this 2016 release on Prime Video for a small rental.

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Babyteeth, a completely original Australian gem

Babyteeth tells the story of a teenage girl who is dying of cancer. It is as trope-free and unique a treatment of this story as you’ll ever find. It’s clever, immersive, and excellent. You can rent it on Prime Video.

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The World to Come brings period romance to the American frontier

The World to Come is a melancholy tale of the hardships of farming in 1856, brightened briefly by the astonishment and joy of falling in love. The film is available to rent to Prime Video.

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Sami Blood – can you ever not be who you are?

Sami Blood is the story of a woman who spent her entire life trying to hide and escape from her Sami heritage. It’s set in Sweden, where the indigenous people of the area, the Sami, are treated as less than by the Swedes. The film is streaming on Prime Video.

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Freaks: sci-fi thriller starring a young girl

Freaks is a terrific sci-fi film with a 7 year old girl in the starring role. I always enjoy the sci-fi genre and having a girl at the center of events is a treat. Freaks is exciting, surprising, and filled with great visual effects. You can see it on Prime Video.

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Then Came You with Kathie Lee Gifford to cheer your heart

Then Came You is a romantic comedy that is all Kathie Lee Gifford. She stars in it. She wrote it. She wrote the songs (and sang some of them). If you’re in need of a bit of cheerful fluff with a happy ending, this will do the trick. You can see it on Prime Video.

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Rocks presents a British teen with a big problem

Rocks is Shola ‘Rocks’ Omotoso, an inner city teen in London. She’s played beautifully by Bukky Bakray. Her mom disappears, leaving her with her younger brother Emmanuel (D’angelou Osei Kissiedu), a bit of cash, and a promise to return. You can see this moving film on Netflix.

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Moxie is a Riot grrrl scene do-over

Moxie is an attempt to bring the Riot grrrl feminist scene into the present with more intersectionality, more social media, and a dash of #TimesUp. It doesn’t succeed 100%, but it’s a celebration of women power that is easy to enjoy. It’s streaming on Netflix.

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Hope (Håp), a moving tale from Norway

Hope (Håp) is an intimate look at a few days in the life of a couple and a family when a brain tumor throws everything into turmoil. It was written and directed by Maria Sødahl. It will be released in theaters and virtual theaters in the US on April 16, 2021.

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