Reviews of movies and TV focused on women

Tag: foreign tv series

  • Hidden, season 3, a fine farewell for this mystery series

    Hidden, season 3, a fine farewell for this mystery series

    Hidden, the Welsh mystery, finishes up its series run with season 3. Each season of Hidden has been excellent. In season 3 the tone shifts a bit to be more personal, emotional, and about the hidden aspects of lead character Cadi John (Sian Reese-Williams).

  • Tehran, season 2, bringing down the target

    Tehran, season 2, bringing down the target

    The thriller spy series, Tehran, returned for a second season. All 8 episodes are available now on Apple TV+. I thought season 2 was slower and less interesting than season 1. There were plenty of life threatening situations – poisons, bombs, guns, and jumping from rooftops – but it didn’t jell as well for me.

  • The Perfect Mother (Une mère parfaite)

    The Perfect Mother (Une mère parfaite)

    The Perfect Mother (Une mère parfaite) is a 4 part mystery series about the relationship between mothers and children. It dwells on the theme that mothers believe the best of their children, no matter what. It also touches on the loneliness and isolation that can come from facing the truth about your own children.

  • Borgen: Power and Glory, season 4

    Borgen: Power and Glory, season 4

    When the Danish political drama Borgen returned after 10 years with a fourth season, the appropriate title Borgen: Power and Glory was given to the entire season. This fascinating drama has always been about what it takes to get and keep power. Sidse Babett Knudsen returned in her role as political powerhouse Birgitte Nyborg.

  • The Thaw (Odwilz), Polish police series

    The Thaw (Odwilz), Polish police series

    The Thaw (Odwilz) brings a police drama to HBO Max from Poland. The lead character is a woman detective beautifully played by Katarzyna Wajda. This series was well-written, full of suspense and danger, and keeps you guessing until the very end.

  • Conversations with Friends: bring on the dysfunctional relationships

    Conversations with Friends: bring on the dysfunctional relationships

    Conversations with Friends is a slow moving Irish tale based on a novel by Sally Rooney, who authored the very popular Normal People from a couple of seasons ago. Once again we have people desperate for love, but unable to create functional loving relationships because they are pretty dang messed up as human beings.

  • Review: Signora Volpe, the spy who bought an Italian villa

    Review: Signora Volpe, the spy who bought an Italian villa

    Signora Volpe is a 3 part series about a British spy named Sylvia Fox (Emilia Fox). She goes to her niece’s wedding in Italy and falls in love with the place. She decides to stay. But her spy instincts are strong and she can’t help following her training into possibly dangerous situations.

  • Review: Hidden Assets, a gem for the mystery lovers

    Review: Hidden Assets, a gem for the mystery lovers

    Hidden Assets, a joint Irish and Belgian police procedural, stars Angeline Ball as an Irish cop named Emer. The role is a spin off from the character Emer in Acceptable Risk. Emer was a favorite in the earlier series and that earned her a series of her own.

  • Review: Pachinko, epic family saga from Korea

    Review: Pachinko, epic family saga from Korea

    Pachinko is a fascinating, beautifully written and photographed family saga. Everything revolves around the Korean character Sunja, whose life story is told from birth into her 80s. In the photo above you see the teen Sunja, played by Minha Kim. With her is Hansu (Lee Min-Ho).

  • Review: Harry Wild, amateur sleuth

    Review: Harry Wild, amateur sleuth

    Harry Wild stars Jane Seymour as a former professor of literature at an Irish university. She retires from teaching and quickly becomes an amateur sleuth solving cases that hearken back to famous works of literature.

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