Review: Fatima

Fatima is the story of a Moroccan woman living in France. She’s raising her two daughters on her own. Fatima (Soria Zeroual, in her first ever role) speaks and writes only Arabic. Her French isn’t very good, even after years of living there. Continue reading “Review: Fatima”

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Review: No Second Chance (Une chance de trop)

No Second Chance, Une chance de trop in the original French, is a mystery thriller based on a novel by Harlan Coben. This 6 part series from France is a tense nail-biting ride from start to finish. Continue reading “Review: No Second Chance (Une chance de trop)”

Review: 1000 Rupee Note (Ek Hazarachi Note)

1000 Rupee Note (Ek Hazarachi Note in Marathi) is an Indian film about poverty, wealth, and the corruption of power. Beware the spoilers. Continue reading “Review: 1000 Rupee Note (Ek Hazarachi Note)”

Watch This: Trailer for Girls Lost

Girls Lost is a Swedish production. The title in Swedish is Pojkarna. It’s a story about coming of age, gender identity, gender roles, and friendship. Alexandra-Therese Keining wrote and directed the film, based on a YA novel by Jessica Schiefauer. Keining described the film as a “modern fairy tale.” Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Girls Lost”

Review: Dukhtar (Daughter)

Dukhtar (Daughter) is set in the rural mountains of northern Pakistan. There tribal rules govern everything about a woman’s life. The practice of allowing child brides is still in effect. Beware the spoilers. Continue reading “Review: Dukhtar (Daughter)”

Review: Difret

In Amharic, the word Difret means courage. This film about a 14 year old Ethiopian girl and the young female lawyer who represents her tells a true story of courage and the right to be free. Continue reading “Review: Difret”

Review: Burn Burn Burn

Burn Burn Burn is a 2015 British comedy directed by Chanya Button. It’s an offbeat road trip orchestrated by a dead man that takes our two heroines all over the UK before it’s finished. Continue reading “Review: Burn Burn Burn”

Review: Sweet Bean (An)

Sweet Bean is also titled An (the Japanese name for bean paste) and Sweet Red Bean Paste. No matter what you call this Japanese film, Sweet Bean is a warm, loving film about three people and food. Continue reading “Review: Sweet Bean (An)”

Review: Parched

Parched is from India, beautifully directed by Leena Yadav. It’s a visual treat while being a heartbreaking look at the lives of women in a brutal patriarchal society. There are some spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Parched”

Review: Margarita, With a Straw

Margarita, With a Straw is from India. It is set partly in India, partly in New York City. The film is a mix of Hindi and English. It’s the story of a college student named Laila (Kalki Koechlin) who leaves her home and comes to New York University to study. Continue reading “Review: Margarita, With a Straw”