Filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz takes her audience to the Philippines and the world’s busiest maternity ward. Motherland is a powerful insight into the lives and the struggles of women and mothers far away from Western society’s planned C-sections. (MJJ: 4/5)
Ung’s time and care to make this passion project into a masterpiece is evident in this biographical, and historical drama. The cinematography is whimsical and shows Loung’s childlike wonder, and as she matures, so do the camera techniques, in this stunning and devastating film. Full review coming soon!
A Chinese teenager learns Spanish in her new home of Buenos Aires, imagining the myriad of possibilities her future holds. Winner of the Best First Feature prize at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival, The Future Perfect (also known as El Futuro Perfecto) is a charming, honest portrayal of the human’s ability to adapt. (BKP: 4/5)
A very pretty film that rewards familiarity with Fellini’s work. Nancy Cartwright does a good job with surrealist dialogue and keeps the film’s emotional arc clear despite its more whimsical elements. It’s a matter of taste whether its aesthetics appeal, and whether the expressionistic style makes up for the relative lack of plot. (GPG: 3/5)
An endearing rom com about “Alice's” (Reese Witherspoon) journey to become whole again after uprooting her family and turning forty. After a wild night out, Alice brings home three, much younger men. Her unexpected houseguests become an unlikely support system as Alice struggles to find balance in her new life. (EBT: 3.5/5)
After a successful debut with It Felt Like Love, writer-director Eliza Hittman brings to the screen Beach Rats. She partners with Director of Photography Hélène Louvart to tell the story of a sexually confused teenage boy who finds himself lost in a world where there is no “coming out”. (KIZJ: 4/5)
After Love, originally titled L’Economie du couple, depicts a couple that is finally reaching the end of their relationship after 15 years of trying to build a life together. Director Joachim Lafosse partners with writers Mazarine Pingeot and Fanny Burdino, and together, they deliver a feature where the reality of the stresses and burdens of…