Review: Parallel Mothers with Penélope Cruz

In Parallel Mothers (Madres paralelas) director Pedro Almodóvar and star Penélope Cruz team up one more time to create another fascinating story. Two parallel stories, actually. One is about facing the truth as a modern mother, and one is about uncovering the truth about Spain’s violent past.

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Review: Only the Animals, a mysterious French drama

Only the Animals (Seules les bêtes) brings mystery from France in this tale of chance and interconnection. It’s about lonely and often isolated people who think they aren’t connected to anyone.

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Review: Flashback, French comedy gets feminist

Flashback is a wild French comedy starring, written by, and directed by Caroline Vigneaux. It’s sci-fi, or perhaps a hangover dream, about a lawyer who travels back in time to meet several French feminists.

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Review: Black Crab, yikes it’s cold

Black Crab (Svart krabba) brings action and thrills from the frozen north. Noomi Rapace is a soldier in a post apocalyptic world. She’s sent on a dangerous mission across a frozen ocean on ice skates.

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Review: Anne+ The Film

Anne+ The Film, from co-writer and director Valerie Bisscheroux, is a Dutch language story about a woman who comes to terms with herself. Most of the characters are lesbians and/or queer. The film is on Netflix. There are spoilers in this review.

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Review: Titane. Is Julia Ducournau the queen of horror?

Titane won director Julia Ducournau the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2021. When a woman wins a major award like that, I feel obligated to watch her film. This film is a demented horror movie with several possible messages that were thematically muddy to me.

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Review: Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de fuego)

Prayers for the Stolen (Noche de fuego) was Mexico’s entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards. The heart breaking film was written and directed by Tatiana Huezo from a novel by Jennifer Clement [affiliate link].

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Review: My Father’s Violin, family and music

The Turkish film My Father’s Violin (Babamin Kemani) is predictable but heartwarming and enjoyable. When a young girl’s father dies, she must get to know her uncle and find a new family. The film is on Netflix.

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Review: Help, with Jodie Comer as a Care worker

Help is a film from the UK about the first few months of the COVID pandemic and how Care homes in Britain tried to deal with the situation. This Acorn TV import puts you right at the heart of how it felt to be hopelessly unprepared for the deaths of the people in your care.

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Review: Raazi, a true spy story

Raazi is a true story about an Indian woman who became a spy during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War. It’s full of the action and excitement of spycraft with a sobering finale that looks at the effect of war on the human psyche. You’ll find it on Prime Video.

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