“Working Woman” by Michal Aviad (2018)

International update (10/10)

Working WomanGood dialogues, humor (8)
Excellent direction (9)
Top score: gender (10)

Adding a facet to the story of women facing sexual abuse in Israel (see her previous movie Invisible), Working Woman is a powerful movie on the many challenges a young woman faces when she wants to combine family life and career.

Cast: Liron Ben-Shlush, Menashe Noy, Oshri Cohen
Director: Michal Aviad
Writer: Michal Aviad, Sharon Azulay Eyal, Michal Vinik
Cinematographer: Daniel Miller
Editor: Nili Feller

“The Third Wife” by Ash Mayfair (2018)

International update (6/10)

Monday’s first feature

the third wifeGood script, images (8)
Top score: gender (10)

A story that cleverly brings into perspective the consequences that Confucian (read patriarchal) ideology has on women (here in Vietnam). Their existence is not only meant to serve their master, but they could only acquire some status within their household when giving birth to a son
Interestingly, the male roles are not at all relevant to the story. On exception: the only son of the household is instable and in disarray, in complete contrast to the state of (forced) harmony created by women
Despite the beauty, care , and hard work that these women provide, they cannot escape the harsh demands men impose on them: one commits suicide, the other kills her baby girl, a third one wants to become a boy…
Very slow, at times too placid

Cast: Hong Chuong Nguyen, Long Le Vu, Nu Yên-Khê Tran
Director: Ash Mayfair
Writer: Ash Mayfair
Music by An Ton That
Cinematography by Chananun Chotrungroj
Film Editing by Julie Béziau

“Thirst” (Jajda) by Svetla Tsotsorkova (2015)

International update (1/10)

Monday’s First Feature

Thirst
Good images and music (8)
Excellent script, personages, dialogues, direction, and content (9)

A movie about climate change and environmental damage, but the title “Thirst” does not only refer to the lack of water but also to sexual thirst
Great direction: the Images do not need dialogues to say a lot. An exceptionnal first feature!

Cast: Monika Naydenova, Alexander Benev, Svetlana Yancheva
Director: Svetla Tsotsorkova
Writers: Svetoslav Ovtcharov, Svetla Tsotsorkova, Ventsislav Vasilev
Music by Hristo Namliev
Cinematography by Vesselin Hristov
Film Editing by Nina Altaparmakova, Svetla Tsotsorkova

“Chutney Popcorn” by Nisha Ganatra (1999)

Nisha Ganatra (2/2)

Fridays Classics

First Feature

Chutney PopcornGood script (8)
Excellent content (9)

Amateuristic direction and performances, but fun and smart. An inspired debut!

Cast: Nisha Ganatra, Jill Hennessy, Sakina Jaffrey
Director: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Susan Carnival, Nisha Ganatra
Music by Karsh Kale
Cinematography by Erin King
Film Editing by Jane Pia Abramowitz

“Wrestling Ernest Hemingway” by Randa Haines (1993)

The Work of Randa Haines (3/6)

Wrestling Ernest HemingwayGood script, dialogues, humor, music (8)
Excellent direction (9)
Top personages, images (10)

Two retired men in Florida form a friendship despite their differences
A touching movie on old age and loneliness / Great acting

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Robert Duvall, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Harris, Piper Laurie
Directed by Randa Haines
Music by Michael Convertino
Cinematography by Lajos Koltai
Film Editing by Paul Hirsch

“Children Of A Lesser God” by Randa Haines (1986)

The Work of Randa Haines (1/6)

Mondays First Feature

children of a lesser godGood dialogues, humor, music
Excellent script, personages, direction, images
Top score: minorities, message (10)

Great female lead, great humor
“Do you think there’s a place where we can meet, not in silence, and not in sound?”

Cast: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco, Allison Gompf
Directed by Randa Haines
Screenplay by Hesper Anderson, Mark Medoff
Photographed by John Seale
Edited by Lisa Fruchtman
Music by Michael Convertino

“Gas, Food, Lodging” by Allison Anders (1993)

Facets of Fatherhood (5/10)
Fridays Classics

Gas, Food, LodgingGood script, direction, images, dialogues (8) Excellent personages (9)
Top score: minorities (10)

Surprising!

Cast: Brooke Adams, Ione Skye, Fairuza Balk
Director: Allison Anders
Writers: Richard Peck (novel), Allison Anders (screenplay)
Music by J. Mascis
Cinematography by Dean Lent
Film Editing by Tracy Granger