“The Feels” by Jenée LaMarque (2017)

The Feels

Another approach to ‘a young woman in search of her identity’ / Team work gives a very nice ‘feel’ to the movie

Cast: Constance Wu, Josh Fadem, Jenée LaMarque
Director: Jenée LaMarque
Writers: Jenée LaMarque, Lauren Parks
Music by Julian Wass
Cinematography by Kristin Fieldhouse
Film Editing by Steph Zenee Perez

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“Where Do We Go Now?” by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon, 2011)

Non-U.S. female directors

Where Do We Go Now

In a war-torn country divided along religious lines, the Christian and Muslim women of a small Lebanese village work together to stop their men’s fighting.
Intelligence and humor, comedy and drama, clear message

Cast: Nadine Labaki, Leyla Hakim, Yvonne Maalouf, Antoinette Noufaily
Directed by Nadine Labaki
Written by Thomas Bidegain, Nadine Labaki
Music by Khaled Mouzanar
Cinematography by Christophe Offenstein
Film Editing by Véronique Lange

“Madame” by Amanda Sthers (France, 2017)

Non-U.S. female directors

Madame

Good script and personages, great acting, but fizzles out in the end

Cast: Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, Rossy de Palma
Director: Amanda Sthers
Writers: Amanda Sthers (screenplay), Amanda Sthers (story) | 2 more credits »
Music by Matthieu Gonet
Cinematography by Régis Blondeau
Film Editing by Nicolas Chaudeurge

“Social Animals” by Theresa Bennett (USA, 2018)

 

First feature

Social Animals

Predictable and overdone, but good dialogues and humor

Cast: Noel Wells, Carly Chaikin, Aya Cash, Josh Radnor
Director: Theresa Bennett
Writer: Theresa Bennett
Cinematographer: Sandra Valde-Hansen
Editor: Yaniv Dabach, Jonathan Melin

“Life Partners” by Susanna Fogel (USA, 2014)

 

First feature

Life Partners

Two long-time best friends come into adulthood in very different ways / a coming of age story that avoids stereotypes / good direction, script, personages, and dialogues

Cast: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody, Gabourey Sidibe, Beth Dover, Abby Elliott, Mark Feuerstein, Kate McKinnon, Greer Grammer
Director: Susanna Fogel
Writer: Joni Lefkowitz, Susanna Fogel
Director of Photography: Brian Burgoyne

“Paris-Manhattan” by Sophie Lellouche (France, 2014)

First feature

Paris-Manhattan

Another “liberated” woman whose ultimate goal is romance, love, and marriage!

Cast: Alice Taglioni, Patrick Bruel, Marine Delterme
Director: Sophie Lellouche
Writer: Sophie Lellouche (scenario and dialogue)
Music by Jean-Michel Bernard
Cinematography by Laurent Machuel
Film Editing by Monica Coleman

“Caramel” by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon, 2007)

 

Caramel

The social pressure on the love life of four women working in a beauty parlor in Beyrouth / Touching, light, funny, great tempo…

Cast: Nadine Labaki, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad
Director: Nadine Labaki
Writers: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily
Music by Khaled Mouzanar
Cinematography by Yves Sehnaoui
Film Editing by Laure Gardette