The film presents characters with agency, privilege, and power, and the question ultimately is how (or whether) they choose to exercise that.
The story of a love bound by circumstance and empowered through destiny.
A complicated tale of gender roles, both modern and archaic.
Pointed and sharp as always, Lina Wertmüller exposes economic, social, and cultural power structures of inequality and exploitation.
The White Sheik is an excellent example of the balance between hyperbolic comedic situations, and moments of intense human drama.
The feel-good story about a successful, though reckless, young athlete whose life is turned around when he is assigned a tutor by his soccer club.
Simple Women is a very imaginative original film whose name betrays its complex, metafictional narrative.
The inherently exploitative nature of the documentary is explored through a most personal subject: the director’s mother.
Veteran director Marco Bellochio, decades into his career, is still grappling with questions of existentialism: building a sense of order in a world of disorder, through one’s own moral code and logic, however twisted.
Sole has a cold, detached feel which fits its somber narrative, though its overall joyless nature makes it a difficult film to engage and connect with.