foreign films

Anna Szymanczyk in No Pressure

No Pressure, a folksy Polish comedy

No Pressure (Nic na sile) on Netflix is a Polish film. It’s basically a silly plot involving folksy country types, but manages to be enjoyable. A grandmother concocts a scheme to get her granddaughter – a chef in the city […]

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Sandra Hüller in Anatomy of a Fall

Anatomy of a Fall, courtroom drama looks at a marriage

Anatomy of a Fall, a title that clearly tips its hat to Anatomy of a Murder, is a mystery wrapped inside a courtroom drama. The legal drama is about a murder trial, but the essence of the story is the

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Virginie Efira in Revoir Paris

Revoir Paris review, in which Virginie Efira defines memory recovery

Revoir Paris from writer and director Alice Winocour, is about a woman who is traumatized in a mass shooting in a Paris bistro. She survives, one of the few who did, but blanked out the memory of what happened. She

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Tuva Novotny in The Abyss

The Abyss review, a nail biter based on truth

The Abyss is a nail biter of a disaster movie from Sweden, based in fact. The city of Kiruna, Sweden is a real city with a real iron mining operation that has been ongoing for hundreds of years. The Swedes

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Léa Seydoux in One Fine Morning

One Fine Morning review: Léa Seydoux in a lovely role

One Fine Morning (Un beau matin) stars Léa Seydoux in a gentle and sweet character study. This French film was written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve. The work I’ve seen from this director in the past was introspective and seemingly

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Laure Calamy in Full Time

Full Time review: a single mom’s frantic schedule

Full Time (À plein temps) shows in frantic, fast-moving detail what life is like in the week of a life. Julie (Laure Calamy) is a single mom. She’s having a bad week because her ex has not sent the alimony

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Mercedes Morán in Norma

Norma, who finds herself in mid-life

Norma comes from Argentina. It’s a charming drama about how Norma transforms herself in mid-life. The life she was leading is stifling. She can’t breathe, she’s prone to panic attacks, she can’t sleep. She needs a change and doesn’t know

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Penélope Cruz and Luana Giuliani in L'immensità

L’immensità: Penélope Cruz mothers a trans child in 1970s Rome

L’immensità tells a tender, heartbreaking story about a mother’s love for her children, one of them trans, in this Italian drama starring Penélope Cruz. The setting is Rome in 1970, not a time and place where gender dysphoria was understood

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Mélanie Laurent, Adèle Exarchopoulos, and Manon Bresch in Wingwomen

Wingwomen, women’s action flick from France

Wingwomen (Voleuses), an action flick from France, comes from director Mélanie Laurent. Mélanie Laurent also plays a leading role as one of the women thieves featured in the story. The first thing you need to know is don’t pay any

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