Review: The Art of Loving: Story of Michalina Wislocka

Michalina Wislocka was a Polish gynecologist and sexologist. In the late 1970s, she managed, after a long struggle, to get a guide to sexual happiness called The Art of Loving published. The Art of Loving: Story of Michalina Wislocka (Sztuka kochania. Historia Michaliny Wisłockiej) is based on her true story. Continue reading “Review: The Art of Loving: Story of Michalina Wislocka”

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Review: A Whale of a Tale

A Whale of a Tale from director Megumi Sasaki is a years-long examination of the lives of local whalers, global activists with an American journalist in the whale and dolphin killing town of Taiji, Japan. Continue reading “Review: A Whale of a Tale”

Review: Mary Goes Round

Mary Goes Round from writer and director Molly McGlynn is a Canadian film about a substance abuse counsellor who is herself an alcoholic. The irony abounds in this moving drama about broken people who find ways to muddle through in spite of their issues. Continue reading “Review: Mary Goes Round”

Review: Thelma

Thelma was Norway’s submission for the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. It’s received worldwide nominations for everything from acting to cinematography to directing to music. For all its glory, I don’t think it’s a mainstream film I recommend to everybody. There are spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Thelma”

So Many Great Foreign Films and TV in English

We love foreign films and TV. How about foreign films and TV in English? Even better! Many foreign films and TV shows from England, Australia and other English speaking countries make their way to US viewers via streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, Acorn, YouTube and others.

Here’s a summary of the ones I consider the best. Last updated 5/31/2019.

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Review: Sunday’s Illness (La enfermedad del domingo)

Sunday’s Illness (La enfermedad del domingo) is a Spanish film currently streaming on Netflix. It’s the exquisitely beautiful and exquisitely painful story of a woman who searches out her mother 30 years after her mother abandoned her. Continue reading “Review: Sunday’s Illness (La enfermedad del domingo)”

Review: To Each, Her Own (Les goûts et les couleurs)

To Each, Her Own (Les goûts et les couleurs) is a French film now on Netflix. I found the main character irritating in numerous ways, but stuck with it to the end to see what she would finally do. What she finally did was irritating, too. Continue reading “Review: To Each, Her Own (Les goûts et les couleurs)”

Review: Thi Mai (Thi Mai, rumbo a Vietnam)

Thi Mai, rumbo a Vietnam comes from Spain. It’s a lighthearted story about an trip to Vietnam for an adoption. Continue reading “Review: Thi Mai (Thi Mai, rumbo a Vietnam)”

Review: Day of the Flowers

Day of the Flowers is a Scottish production about two sisters who go to Cuba to scatter their father’s ashes. It was released in 2012 and recently made its way to streaming services. Continue reading “Review: Day of the Flowers”

Review: I Am Not an Easy Man (Je ne suis pas un homme facile)

I Am Not an Easy Man (Je ne suis pas un homme facile) is a French comedy that flips the patriarchy on its head and lands one very confused fellow in a world that seems upside down to him. Continue reading “Review: I Am Not an Easy Man (Je ne suis pas un homme facile)”