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)”

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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”

Watch This: Trailer for Beauty and the Beast

This is the French version of the old fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast (original title La belle et la bête). Disney has a version of this story in the works, but this one looks like a film for grown ups. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Beauty and the Beast”

Review: Love Is Not Perfect

Love Is Not Perfect (original title L’amore è imperfetto) stars a woman and has a woman director. Those two things enticed me to watch it. It’s in Italian with English subtitles. The point of the film, the best I could figure it out, is that it takes a lot of time and mistakes to grow into your life.  Continue reading “Review: Love Is Not Perfect”

Review: The Second Mother

The Second Mother [originally Que Horas Ela Volta?] is a beautiful Brazilian film from 2015. Outstandingly written and directed by Anna Muylaert, the film is a story of class, motherhood, sacrifice, and modern São Paulo.  Continue reading “Review: The Second Mother”

Watch This: Trailer for The Innocents

The Innocents is from Poland and French director Anne Fontaine. In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor (Lou de Laâge) who is sent to assist the French survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.  Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for The Innocents”

Review: The New Girlfriend

The New Girlfriend is a French film. The original title is Une nouvelle amie. I watch many foreign movies but I don’t always write about them here, because I know most people aren’t particularly interested in foreign films and they don’t like reading subtitles. Continue reading “Review: The New Girlfriend”

Review: Female Agents (Les Femmes de l’ombre)

Female Agents, in the original French Les Femmes de l’ombre, is a World War II story, taking place in the last few days before the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

In late May 1944, in London, Lieutenant Pierre Desfontaines (Julien Boisselier) and his sister Louise Desfontaines (Sophie Marceau) convince three other women to join a task force under Pierre’s command to rescue a British geologist who knows the D-Day plan. He’s been captured and is in a hospital in France. Mild spoilers ahead.

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Review: Phoenix

Phoenix is a German film that earned over the top rave reviews from festival goers. Set in Berlin in 1944, the film stars Nina Hoss as a woman returning from a concentration camp. It’s beautifully photographed and has a very satisfying ending. Nina Hoss is wonderful in the part. I also give it high marks; it kept me holding my breath with fear. But I had a couple of complaints about the film.

Spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Review: Phoenix”