Madame Claude, the rise and fall of a notorious French madame

Madame Claude is a biopic about the famous Fernande Grudet, known professionally as Madame Claude. Set mostly in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the film details Claude’s business, her influence, and her ‘family’ of women. It’s streaming on Netflix.

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South Mountain explores a changing life

South Mountain, written and directed by Hilary Brougher, examines a few months in a woman’s life when things change under her and out of her control. It’s streaming on Prime Video.

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Promising Young Woman, a revenge story like no other

Promising Young Woman is a brilliant new treatment of the revenge movie. It’s fresh and funny and barbed and full of heart. A masterwork. Written and directed by Emerald Fennell, the film is available to rent on Prime Video.

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Kid 90 explores the celebrity past of Soleil Moon Frye

Kid 90 is a nostalgic look at the 90’s from Punky Brewster star Soleil Moon Frye. Frye grew up among a group of famous kids in Hollywood. In her teens she recorded everything in diaries and on videotape. Her documentary using this material is streaming on Hulu.

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When They Left (Cuando Ellos Se Fueron)

When They Left (Cuando Ellos Se Fueron) is a documentary from Ecuador about a mountain hamlet where no one is left but some elderly widows. The film is available from the website as a DVD, but I don’t see it available on any streamers yet. It’s worth buying or keeping an eye out for it.

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The One provides mystery combined with a sci-fi look at love

The One begins with the sci-fi premise that DNA can be used to match you up with your one true love. It uses that premise to tell a complex story about power, greed, love, murder, and corruption. This series from the UK is streaming on Netflix.

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Maria (and Everybody Else) brings comedy from Spain

Maria (and Everybody Else) ( María (y los demás)) is an energetic comedy of errors from Spain. The film was directed by Nely Reguera and stars Bárbara Lennie as the Maria everything swirls around. You can see this 2016 release on Prime Video for a small rental.

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Babyteeth, a completely original Australian gem

Babyteeth tells the story of a teenage girl who is dying of cancer. It is as trope-free and unique a treatment of this story as you’ll ever find. It’s clever, immersive, and excellent. You can rent it on Prime Video.

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The World to Come brings period romance to the American frontier

The World to Come is a melancholy tale of the hardships of farming in 1856, brightened briefly by the astonishment and joy of falling in love. The film is available to rent to Prime Video.

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Sami Blood – can you ever not be who you are?

Sami Blood is the story of a woman who spent her entire life trying to hide and escape from her Sami heritage. It’s set in Sweden, where the indigenous people of the area, the Sami, are treated as less than by the Swedes. The film is streaming on Prime Video.

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