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Women in 2021

Women in 2021: what about them ?

On the bilingual Movieintheair blog, I do for you a press review every Wednesday and keep the best of national and international audiovisual news.

 

 

 

This week, all the news is about women, from their birth to their adult age:

International Women’s Rights Day, the confrontation between Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II of England, via an interview with Oprah Winfrey, a documentary on Billie Eilish, young female music prodigy, the broadcast of Wonder Woman on TF1 next Sunday, Woman, the magnificent documentary directed by Anastasia Mikova and Yann Arthus-Bertrand on France 5, Mignonnes de Maïmouna Doucouré, selected for the César to be broadcast on Friday on Canal +…

 

NEWS

 

 

 

  • The Non-Genre Interpretation Prize awarded to the actress Maren Eggert in the film I’m Your Man by Maria Schrader.

 

 

 

 

ONLINE FESTIVALS

 

The international documentary film festival proposes a specific and federative form on CANALRÉEL. A new dematerialized festival experience, with live and simultaneous films, debates and meetings every day.

 

  • At the Festival Luchon 2021 from March 10th to March 14th: Aïssa Maïga and Rosalie Varda will respectively preside over the fiction and documentary juries of the event.

 

  • 43rd edition of the International Women’s Film Festival of Créteil to be held from 2 to 11 April 2021.

 

 

MOVIES AND SERIES

ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW

ABOUT

WOMEN

 

WOMAN

ANASTASIA MIKOVA

& YANN ARTHUS BERTRAND

Woman

 

Anastasia Mikova and Yann Arthus-Bertrand collected 2000 testimonies and travelled to 50 countries to make this documentary, a true historical document of the situation of women in our century.

A time when women still suffer intolerable domestic, family, racial and social violence. More than one woman in three suffers violence during her lifetime. Less than 10% of countries are headed by women and 70% live below the poverty line.

Beyond these figures, it is the human aspect that stands out in this documentary when women speak, moments of pure emotion and total truth, which is the essence of the documentary.

As in Home and Human, the testimonies of all these women, of all ages and from all countries, follow one another and they pose in still scenes, filmed with or without spouse, with or without children, dressed or not, with or without make-up.

All subjects are covered, whether it is violence, love, sex, marriage or career.

The great photographer Peter Lindbergh collaborated on the documentary and shows us in intimate scenes the relationship of women with their own bodies. Sublime scenes with the dancers of the Bandaloop collective full of poetry magnify this extraordinary documentary to be seen during one week in replay on France 5.TV.

 

Movie website

 

TO BE SEEN ON FRANCE 5 (REPLAY)

 

 

THE MORNING SHOW

MICHAEL ELLENBERG & KERRY EHRIN

DIRECTOR: MIMI LEDER

 

Women
The Morning Show

 

THE PITCH 

Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) and Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) have been presenting the Morning Show together for ten years.

One morning, when his alarm clock rings at 3:30 a.m. every night, Alex learns that his work partner has been fired for sexual harassment. It is imperative that the network find a replacement.

In contrast, a high-worded reporter, Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon), gets angry at a pro-carbon protester. Her anger is filmed without her realizing it, and she makes a million views on Twitter.

The new director of the channel, Cory Ellison (Billy Crudup), then decides to bring Bradley Jackson to New York…

 

THE SERIES

With a pitch like that, I was expecting something quite classical, like Bombshell and a bit boring. It’s nothing of the sort.

The ten episodes are thrilling and take us to our guts because it’s about the destiny of women, those who have chosen to make a career in the ruthless environment that is television.

Jennifer Aniston, whom we saw in Friends finally finds a role that suits her. She’s the perfect woman who has sacrificed everything for her career and is looking to keep her job at all costs while the network’s bosses are trying to get her out of it.

Reese Witherspoon is never as good as when she’s angry. Her classic female role in Little Fires Everywhere didn’t suit her.

Apart from the sexual harassment and silence and the innuendoes that hover when it happens and whose hypocrisy (everyone knew) is so well shown, the series shows that female solidarity rarely exists.

These acts of harassment have a lifelong impact.

The Morning Show also offers us two visions of journalism, one of entertainment with a form that is more important than the content, so as not to make the viewer think, and the second one oriented towards content, and two very different visions of what a news program is.

 

JENNIFER ANISTON

The actress told the Los Angeles Times in an interview in August (source: Elle): “That show was 20 years of therapy in 10 episodes…”. Indeed, because of her celebrity in the series, the presenter must always be on her guard and be perfect in all circumstances, because she is constantly monitored.

 

TO WATCH  ON APPLE TV AT THE MOMENT – TEN EPISODES

 

With:

Mark Duplass (Chip)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Girl Before : La série pour HBO Max avec Gugu Mbatha-Raw et David Oyelowo)

Nestor Carbonell (Monsieur Météo: interprétation du mystérieux Richard Alpert dans la série télévisée Lost et du maire de Gotham City dans The Dark Knight et The Dark Knight Rises)

Karen Pittman

Steve Carell (The Office, Little Miss Sunshine, Café Society, Vice, Bienvenue à Marwen, Crazy Stupide Love)

Bel Powley (Carrie Pilby)

Reese Witherspoon

Jennifer Aniston

Billy Crudup

 

 

 

MOXIE

AMY POEHLER

 

Women

 

 

THE PITCH

 

Lucy, a new Métis student of Latin origin, arrives in Vivian’s class. But a boy, Mitchell, takes a grudge against her and harasses her.

Vivian advises her to ignore him and keep a low profile. She says, “He’s dangerous…I will keep my head up and high. Lucy complains to the principal, who prefers to trivialize the fact that the student in question is the Captain of the soccer team.

Every year, the boys of the school make a ranking of the girls and make it public. Vivian understands that this is going too far.

When she gets home, she rummages through her mother’s boxes of souvenirs from her mother, an early feminist, and finds records of drawings and signs of events. Vivian then decides to create a feminist zine (fanzine, small magazine) where she blames the boys in high school for what they do. And the zine  is called Moxie (revolution, courage).

The next day, she makes it available anonymously in the toilets. Little by little, the girls in the school take it over and start to get angry. But Claudia, Vivian’s best friend, does not follow the movement, to her great disappointment…

 

THE MOVIE

 

Moxie is different from other teen movies in many ways. While it is feminist, it is also about inclusion, whether it is gendered (a trans actress is in the cast: Josie Toah) or about the origins of high school girls.  Claudia doesn’t immediately follow her best friend’s rebellion because her mother, of Chinese origin, fought to integrate into the country.

This film also talks about the silence and the difficulty of denouncing the acts that bother us, from the most trivial to the most serious.

The director, creator and mother of Vivian in the film is Amy Poehler, a feminist and committed actress, former regular of Saturday Night Live and actress of the sitcom Parks & Recreation.

We will have to follow closely the actresses Hadley Robinson (Vivian), Lauren Tsai (Claudia), Alycia Pascual-Pena (Lucy) as well as Patrick Scharzenegger (Mitchell in the film and son of Arnold and Maria Shriver) for whom these are the lead roles.

The soundtrack is terrible. I suggest, to put you in a good feminist mood, to listen to Kill’s Rebellion by Bikini, Tierra Whack and Princess Nokia.

 

To be seen at the moment on NETFLIX.

 

 

SMALL AXE

STEVE MCQUEEN

Les femmes

 

 

THE PITCH

 

The great English director Steve McQueen (Shame, Twelve Years a Slave) created this series dedicated to the English Afro-Caribbean community.

Five episodes, all different, tell the story of this community that suffered in the 60s and 70s racism and revolted against systemic police violence.

At the heart of this rebellion were women, who were fighting both the racism of the English and the sexism of their own community.

 

THE SERIES

 

Small Axe. This title was given by the director in homage to Bob Marley’s song, and to a Jamaican proverb: “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe”.

The episode centers on the story of the restaurant “La Mangrove” and the “Mangrove Nine”, the landmark trial of nine black British activists on trial for inciting riots after the August 9, 1970 protest against the Notting Hill police’s systemic racist targeting of La Mangrove restaurant.

The second focuses on two young women going out at night. Steve McQueen has his own way of filming the bodies and creates in a few seconds an atmosphere of fear or well-being.

This is the case in this episode where the two young women are at a party, dancing and at certain moments all the participants sing and groove .  And at this moment, it makes you dream.

 

He dedicated this series to George Floyd, whose trial related to his assassination is taking place right now in the United States, and this series concerns all of us.

 

With Letitia Wright, Malachi Kirby, Shaun Parkes.

 

CURRENTLY ON SALTO. 

 

 

 

2. YOUR MOVIES

AND SERIES TO COME 

 

Movies about the past

 

 

TRAILERS

 

The Handmaid ‘s Tale, Season 4: the famous series adapted from Margaret Atwood ‘s novel.

 

 

The Mauritanian, by Kevin Macdonald (director of Life in a Day on Youtube), with Jodie Foster & Tahar Rahim ( Golden Globes nomination this year).

TRAILER HERE

 

Land, by Robin Wright

TRAILER HERE

 

Atlantic Crossing, by Alexander Eik & Janic Heen, with Kyle Maclachlan  &Sofia Helin

TRAILER HERE

 

Nomadland, by Chloé Zhao

TRAILER HERE

 

Coby & Stephen are in love, by Carlo Narcisse & Luca Yuanyuan Yang

TRAILER HERE

 

 

3.

WEEKLY TIPS & OPINIONS

FROM PROFESSIONALS

 WRITERS, SCREENWRITERS, DIRECTORS, COMPOSERS…

 

Les femmes

 

 

Cent grands films de réalisatrices, Véronique Le Bris

 

A masterclass with Jane Fonda

 

How To Write Stuff Real Good. Never trust a writing “expert” by Sara Benincasa 

 

La masterclass de Maimouna Doucoure à Dakar 

 

Les masterclass du Lab 

 

Interview with director Marcela Said (Forum des Images)

 

 

4.

YOUR WEEKLY PROGRAM

10 TO 17 MARCH

 

Les femmes

 

Wednesday 10

Arte: Frantz de François Ozon 

Canal + : La fille au bracelet

France 3: Le Monde de Jamy (doc sur le changement climatique)

France 5: La Grande Librairie : Robert Badinter

 

Thursday 11

Arte : En Thérapie

France 3: Un balcon sur la mer

C+ : Les Misérables

TMC: Sherlock Holmes

TF1 Series : Les Miller

 

Friday 12

Canal+ : Les César

France 3 : Mike Brant, l’étoile filante

Arte : Amis pour la vie

 

Saturday 13

Arte: Les secrets des momies égyptiennes

 

Sunday 14

TF1 : Wonder Woman

France 2 : Un homme pressé

France 3: Mrs Wilson

C8 : Un mauvais fils

 

Monday 15

France 5 : Network de Sydney Lumet

CStar : Grammy Award

Arte : Du Rififi chez les hommes

 

Tuesday  16

Canal + : Été 85, by François Ozon, selected for the Cesar

W9: Jason Bourne

Arte : Israel-Iran, la longue guerre

 

Wednesday 17

France 2: Les Chatouilles (review on this blog, click here)

LCP: Assad, la dynastie de l’horreur

CStar: Basic Instinct

Arte: La-part-des-anges

 

 

5.

ON YOUR PLATFORMS

(WOMEN)

 

ARTE

 

Les femmes

 

DOCUMENTARY

Lotte EISNER (1896-1983)

A woman who was film historian and film critic, and who founded the Cinémathèque française with Henri Langlois in 1936.

Mae West-une-star-sulfureuse by Sally Rosenthal & Julia Marchesi

Simone Signoret-figure-libre

John et Yoko

rita-hayworth-gloire-et-blessures/

Lotte-lenya-pourquoi-je-souffre-tant/

Joan Baez

Mee too, la libération de la parole

 

MOVIE 

Honour

After the disappearance of a young woman of Kurdish origin, Chief Inspector Caroline Goode leads the investigation. This breathtaking fiction recounts a tragic news story that shook Great Britain in 2006.

From Richard Laxton with Keeley Hawes (Caroline Goode).

The Beguiled by Sofia Coppola

 

AFTER THE WEDDING, by Susanne Bier with Mads Mikkelsen

 

 

SERIES

 

MUM

 

La Chaîne Parlementaire

LCP offers you a lot of good documentaries: here

 

La Cinémathèque Française

 

All retrospectives are postponed.

On Henri plateform, a cult movie everyday

 

 

Your movies and series about

women

to watch  on NETFLIX

(CLICK ON THE LINK TO WATCH THE TRAILER)

 

The Crown, created by Peter Morgan

 

Unbelievable, created by  Susannah Grant, Ayelet Waldman & Michael Chabon

 

Jane, on Jane Goodall, by Brett Morgan: review here

 

Unorthodox, by Maria Schrader – Review

 

Elisa y Marcela, de Isabel Coixet Review

 

Lady Bird, by Greta Gerwig, as from March 3rd.

 

 

 

Sky Rojo, three prostitutes on the run. By the creator of  La Casa de Papel, Alex Pina & Esther Martinez Lobato, as from March 19th. 2 seasons of eight episodes.

 

A week away, musical inspired by Dirty Dancing, directed by Roman White with Bailee Madison, Sherri Shepherd, starting March 26th.

 

Paper Lives, by Can Ulkay, as from March 12th

 

Lupin, part 2, this summer, by George Kay & François Uzan

 

 

Your movies and series about

women 

to watch on Prime Video

 

 

Now, about women:

L’Internat: Las Cumbres, by Laura Belloso

 

Little Fires everywhere,  by Liz TigelaarReview here

 

On the basis of sex, by Mimi Leder, on Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

Une Affaire de Femmes, by Claude Chabrol

 

Without remorse, by Stefano Sollima, with Michael B. Jordan (April 30)

 

Un Prince à New York (Coming to America) (2)

 

 

 

Your movies and series about

women

 to watch on Canal+

 

 

Tout Simplement Noir,  by Jean-Pascal ZADI et Tom Wax, as from March 9

 

Été 85 , by François Ozon, as from March 16

 

 

Blackkklansman, by Spike Lee, with John David Washington (Tenet, Malcom & Marie) – Adam Driver (Marriage Story, Star Wars, The Report, The Dead Don’t Die…)

 

 

About women :

 

The Perfect candidate, by Haifaa Al Mansour with Mila Alzahrani.

 

 

Judy   Judy Garland biopic by Rene Zellweger who won an Oscar 

 

The Accused (Vod), by Jonathan Kaplan, with Jodie Foster & Kelly McGillis

 

 

Mignonnes, by Maimouna Doucoure

 

 

Be Natural, de Pamela Green

 

 

 

Three Billboards, by Martin McDonagh

 

 

Mrs America, by Dahvi Waller, with Cate Blanchett

 

 

Six fois confiné.e.s, by Alice Moitié: as from March 15th.

 

Six twenty-minute episodes take place in places with very distinct atmospheres: a Parisian apartment, an architect’s house, a suburban pavilion. With Vincent Cassel as a 50-year-old DJ, Félix Moati and Gilbert Melki as the haves and have-nots, Ludivine Sagnier in the role of a Parisian woman back in her childhood home.

 

Your movies and series about women

 to watch on Starzplay

 

 

We are who we are (review here), by Luca Guadagnino.

 

The Luminaries, adapted from the eponymous novel by Eleanor Catton with Eva Green

 

 

The Attaché, as from March 14, series created by Eli Ben David:

Avshalom (Eli Ben David, also the creator of the series) is a well-known Tel Aviv musician who follows his wife (Héloïse Godet) in her new position as attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Paris, the city where she grew up.

 

 

 

Your movies and series about

women

 to watch on

Apple TV

 

Losing Alice, by Sigal Ivan, with Ayelet Zurer (listen to the French podcast Falafel Cinema): the story of two women who would do anything to create a movie.

 

 

Cherry, by brothers Russo, with Tom Holland on Apple TV, on March 12th

 

Billie Ellish

 

 

Palmer , by  Fisher Stevens,  Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Alisha Wainwirght

 

 

 

Your movies and series about

women

to watch on

DISNEY+ 

 

 

 

WandaVision, by Jan Schaeffer with Elisabeth Olsen & Paul Bettany: the story of a nostalgic super heroin.

 

 

 

Raya & the last dragon  (already out in the US)

 

 

 

Black Narcissus, by Charlotte Bruus Christensen, now:

A new adaptation of the novel Black Narcissus by the Englishwoman Rumer Godden, published in 1939. An Anglican nun sent to a remote corner of the Himalayas during the inter-war period to establish a dispensary in a former harem.

In the role of Mother Superior, Diana Rigg plays one of her last part. Gemma Arterton plays the part of Deborah Kerr, Sister Clodagh, in the first adaptation.

 

 

 

To keep on reading : The 2020 ten best movies

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