Keeping Faith (S3, E1-5) where secrets are spilled

Keeping Faith is back with its 3rd and final season. It’s on Acorn TV in the U.S. The season begins with two episodes on April 12. Following that, new episodes will appear on Mondays through May 10.

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Two of Us (Deux), love worth fighting for

Two of Us (Deux) tells the story of two elder lesbians, still passionately in love after 20 years together. This film is the official submission of France for the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category of the 93rd Academy Awards. It is available for rent on Prime Video.

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I Care a Lot covers everyone with the rotten stench of greed

I Care a Lot is a morality tale on the evils of capitalism. There are no ‘good guys’ in this film on Netflix. Everyone is equally disgusting and evil. The word care in the title refers to guardianship of care, which is a legal way to steal every penny from folks in care homes.

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Jann, seasons 1 & 2, utterly delightful

Jann is a fictionalized version of Canadian singer/songwriter/actress Jann Arden’s own life. Both seasons of the series can finally be seen in the US on Hulu. It’s charming and funny and first rate comedy.

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So My Grandma’s a Lesbian (Salir del ropero)

So My Grandma’s a Lesbian (Salir del ropero) sounded perfect. Two older women in the lead roles. Written and directed by a woman. A story about how love is love. Easy to find on Netflix.

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Pieces of a Woman feels unbearably real

Pieces of a Woman tells the story of a parent’s worst nightmare. Vanessa Kirby plays a woman whose child dies just minutes after being born. Everyone in the film deals with the grief in their own way, but Kirby’s Martha is so real in her agony that it’s painful to sit with her for the 2 hours of the film.

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Hope Gap stars a brilliant Annette Bening

Hope Gap tells of the breakup of a 29 year marriage. The script is an ear wowing flow of rhythm and poetry. Annette Bening as the wife, Grace, does an amazing job delivering on the poetry and pain of the story – she’s simply brilliant. You can see Hope Gap on Prime Video.

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Review: Let Them All Talk

Let Them All Talk is an odd but interesting film with A-list actors including Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen, and Dianne Wiest. Director Steven Soderbergh put the three of them on the Queen Mary 2 and let them improvise most of the dialog. It’s streaming on HBO Max.

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Review: Diane

Diane stars Mary Kay Place in a drama about facing mortality. Mary Kay Place turns in a brilliant performance. The film is currently streaming on Hulu.

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Review: The Undoing

The Undoing earns my praise with its fascinating mystery, its skillful trickery and misdirection, and its suspenseful and thrilling finale. Created by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier, this series on HBO Max is a masterclass in storytelling and direction.

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