Review: Chavela

Chavela is an inspiring documentary about the life of the famous Costa Rican-born Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. She died in 2012 at the age of 93 after a tempestuous, rebellious, lifetime filled with songs, love, and loneliness.

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Review: Mirage (Durante la tormenta)

Mirage (Durante la tormenta) is a new Spanish language film on Netflix. It stars Adriana Ugarte in the key role. I remember her performance in The Time in Between very well, and was happy to watch another story with her in the lead.

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Review: Cold War

Cold War (Zimna wojna) is an epic and tragic love story that begins in 1949 in Poland and ends in the 1960s. During those years the protagonists travel all around Europe.

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Review: White Lies (Taukiri Huna)

White Lies (Taukiri Huna) comes from New Zealand. Matters of life and death are set against the culture clash of Maori and colonial in the early 20th Century.

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Review: Period End of Sentence

Period. End of Sentence. is a mere 26 minutes long, but that’s long enough to tell how something as simple as a sanitary pad can change the lives of women. The documentary just won the 2019 Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject. It’s available on Netflix.

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Review: The Breaker Upperers

A comedy from New Zealand, The Breaker Upperers brings us new voices and faces with some original ideas that will make you laugh.

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Review: Soni

Soni, a drama from India about two women police officers, demonstrates the difficulties the country is having granting women equal rights. I take hope from the fact that the director Ivan Ayr is a man who obviously gets it.

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Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur)

Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieu) from French director Claire Denis is a character study of Isabelle (Juliette Binoche), a lonely Parisian artist searching for love.

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Watch This: Trailer for Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð)

Here’s another interesting film coming from Iceland: Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð). The film is about an environmental activist. It will be in theaters in March.

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Review: And Breathe Normally (Andið eðlilega)

And Breathe Normally (Andið eðlilega) from Icelandic writer and director Isold Uggadottir is a spare examination of the unspoken connection between two women in dire circumstances.

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