Review: Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story

Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story is the true story of Kiwi-Samoan writer/director Nikki Si’ulepa and producer Rachel Aneta Wills. They wrote, directed and produced this movie version of themselves falling in love.

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Review: Quo Vadis, Aida?

Quo Vadis, Aida? is based on a true story about the massacre of thousands of men and boys in 1995 in the town of Srebrenica in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina. We experience events viscerally with the main character, Aida, as she struggles to protect her family. The film is streaming on Hulu, Prime, and several other streamers.

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Ride or Die – would you kill for your first crush?

Ride or Die, a Japanese production on Netflix, was a disappointment to me. I found the characters unformed and difficult to understand. The male gaze predominated whether we were watching a murder or lovemaking between two women.

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Just in Time, warmhearted family dramedy from Kenya

Just in Time, written and directed by Nigerian filmmaker Lowladee Omolola Adeleke, is a story of family and relationships set in Nairobi, Kenya. A few life-changing days bring a family together and tell a love story. You can watch it on Netflix.

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Proxima looks at women in space

Proxima tells the story of a woman astronaut who will spend a year on International Space Station. This film, from French writer and director Alice Winocour, is particularly focused on how this affects the astronaut’s relationship with her daughter. The film is streaming on Hulu.

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Madame Claude, the rise and fall of a notorious French madame

Madame Claude is a biopic about the famous Fernande Grudet, known professionally as Madame Claude. Set mostly in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the film details Claude’s business, her influence, and her ‘family’ of women. It’s streaming on Netflix.

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Sentinelle, a revenge action thriller from France

Sentinelle is a standard issue violent revenge flick. The only difference between this and most revenge stories is the main character is a woman. The film is mostly in French and is streaming on Netflix. There are some spoilers in this review.

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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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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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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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