“The Art Of Loving Story Of Michalina Wislocka” (Maria Sadowska, Poland 2017)

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To be watched twice (at least)!

Actors: Karolina Gruszka, Magdalena Boczarska,Justyna Wasilewska
Director: Maria Sadowska
Writer: Krzysztof Rak
Music: Radzimir Debski
Cinematography: Michal Sobocinski
Editing: Jaroslaw Kaminski

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“20th Century Women” (Mike Mills, USA 2016)

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Cast: Annette Bening, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig
Director: Mike Mills
Writer: Mike Mills
Cinematographer: Sean Porter
Editor: Leslie Jones
Composer: Roger Neill

“Elle” (Paul Verhoeven, France 2016)

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Director: Paul Verhoeven
Writers: Philippe Djian (based on the novel by), David Birke (screenplay)
Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny

The “ever-mysterious sexual power within a woman”1 exudes not only  from the main female character, but even more strongly from the new equilibrium that the end of the movie sets in motion.

1 – ELLE: A Complex & Challenging Exploration Into Lurid Territory by Laura Birnbaum. Film Inquiry, Nov. 9, 2016 http://www.filminquiry.com/elle-2016-review/

“Parched” (Leena Yadav, India 2015)

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Director: Leena Yadav
Writers: Supratik Sen (dialogue), Leena Yadav
Actors: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Lehar Khan

Domestic violence, honor, infertility, prostitution, child marriage, rape… These themes are treated in a traditional gender setting in Rajasthan.

The message of the movie is straightforward: while most men drink, commit adultery, are jealous and violent, women have fun, bring changes… and are at least as sexualized as their male counterparts.