DVD Reviews

A Fantastic Woman A moving story about the spiritual journey of a grieving transgender woman. Love
Vazante Brazilian drama about a misogynistic slave owner and those suffering under his control. You
The Insult A spiritual masterwork about the harm that can be done with cruel and dehumanizing words. Compassion
A Taxi Driver The inspiring story of a South Korean cab driver whose life is transformed by his heroic activities during the 1980 Gwangju Uprising. Justice
The Fencer A celebration of the ethical goodness and heroic acts of a teacher. Teachers
The Divine Order The story of the transformation of a submissive housewife into a change-maker in her small conservative Swiss town. Transformation
Félicité A drama about how music eases the pain of a seasoned survivor struggling with some unexpected challenges. Love
Polina The quest of a classical ballerina to express herself through modern dance. You
Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe A biodrama about the wanderings of an exiled Jewish-Austrian writer. Meaning
After Love An intense family drama revolving around the split of an unmarried cohabiting couple with two children. Shadow
Aquarius A portrait of an unconventional 65-year-old woman who is a consummate lover of place. Beauty
The Women's Balcony A well-done religious drama set in Jerusalem where the members of a small synagogue confront changes demanded by a fundamentalist zealot. Zeal
Truman A heart-affecting drama about dying, grief, friendship, and love. Love
The Midwife A satisfying dramedy about a woman seeking fresh directions and adventures during middle age. Transformation
A Woman's Life A sobering portrait of the victimization of a woman who lacks the character quality of resilience. Meaning
The Death of Louis XIV An unusual French film about death and dying. You
The Passion of Augustine An intriguing drama about a musically gifted religious who creatively handles the many challenges facing her convent school. Transformation
After the Storm A touching story about a mad and sad blocked writer in the midst of a midlife breakdown. You
A Tale of Love and Darkness A sobering and insightful screen rendition of Amos Oz's memoir. Love
Neruda A Chilean film that blends fantasy and realism in its treatment of poet Pablo Neruda and a policeman fascinated with him. Questing
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