Film Review: HIGH ART

An ambitious editor discovers that her neighbor is a famous recluse. The jaded older woman is drawn in by the young woman’s innocence & energy. Powerful depiction of the multiple, highly charged currents that flow in mentor/mentee relationships. Ally Sheedy’s best part ever won her multiple awards. Warning: adults only. More on HIGH ART.

Film Review: HARD GOODBYES: MY FATHER

Greek middle-class family copes with sudden tragedy. Story’s told from the perspective of young Elias (Karayannis), who communicates more about his parent’s relationship than he actually understands. Beautifully retrained, with no distracting melodrama. Tsirigouli (Elias’s mother) & Stergioglou (Elias’s uncle) are especially touching, bearing their adult responsibilities with sad-eyed grace. More on Hard Goodbyes: My…

GRACE OF MY HEART

From my column for The Woman's Papers: It’s summertime. Sometimes the best plan is to avoid the heat and sing your heart out at home! GRACE OF MY HEART is director/screenwriter Allison Anders’ musical tribute to the ‘60s. Illeana Douglas stars as “Denise Waverly,” an aspiring singer and gifted composer of pop melodies. Jennifer Leigh…

THE GOVERNESS

The Governess Directed & written by Sandra Goldbacher Principal Actors: Minnie Driver with Tom Wilkinson & Harriet Walter Overview: The Governess takes Charlotte Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre and turns it inside-out and upside-down.  Minnie Driver stars as "Rosina de Silva," a girl from a prosperous middle-class Jewish family living in London circa 1830.  Rosina is…