Category: Film Reviews

WORKING WOMAN Film Review – Part II

Orna, played by Liron Ben Shlush, is the reason her boss, Bennie, played by Menashe Noy) is financially successful in a new venture. But he subjects her to sexual harassment, sexual violence. Her husband needs her earnings to help him keep his new restaurant open. She is the principal caretaker for their children. She’s done so much for others but, yet, she is alone. Can she pull herself together to take back control of her life?

WORKING WOMAN Film Review – Part I

WORKING WOMAN is publicized as a movie about the sexual harassment of a working Israeli wife, Orna, played superbly by Liron Ben-Shlush. It is directed by Michal Aviad whose film pushed this reviewer’s buttons – pushed them like few in recent memory. And the ending threw this reviewer, who had been gradually and inexorably pushed to the edge of his seat as if in the grip of an irresistible force, for an astonishing loop.

WORKING WOMAN Preview

OPENING

New York City – Wednesday, March 27 at the IFC Center; Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan

Director Michal Laviad

Orna (Liron Ben Shlush), the mother of three young children, wearing a lot of care taking hats, wants to help her husband struggling to start his own restaurant by wearing another hat. She takes a job, and, cutting to the chase, her boss sexually harasses her even as she her financial success is  good for the company. His escalating, menacing sexual harassment creates a crisis for her.

“Slow Burning – builds its tension so subtly you don’t realize you’ve been holding your breath” – Elizabeth Kerr, Hollywood Reporter.

Holding our breaths? Uh oh!


Director Laviad says about the time she started identifying herself as a feminist, she began directing films in San Francisco in the 1980s. Her 10 documentary and narrative films look at complex social and political issues from the point of view of female protagonists, she says in a statement. “Making films from the point of view of women is a way to remind us that women’s ways of understanding and acting in the world matter, and are worth showing – and this theme is recurrent in all my work.”

Review coming soon.

Gregg W. Morris can be reached at gmorris@hunter.cuny.edu

WOMAN AT WAR Film Review
(Kona fer í stríð)

One-hour, 41 minutes of sumptuous, sensual cinematography of Icelandic landscapes – plus waves of an irresistible minimalistic film score from a three-man ensemble and a female chorus of three Ukrainian singers showing up at moments like Greek Choruses – await audiences in this film by Director Benedikt Erlingsson about an environmental gladiator who uses a bow and arrow to take out the high tension electrical towers of an aluminum corporation threatening to defoil her local community.

INVISIBLE HANDS Film Review

The great Elie Wiesel has been quoted as saying, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustices, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” This film, according to Tandon in a press release, is her “protest against the perpetrators who exploit the most innocent, vulnerable and voiceless members of society – our children.”

THE DARK Returns!!!

At the Cinema Village Cinema, 22 E 12th St, NYC, 11 p.m. tonight The New York Times said in a recent review, “In ‘The Dark,’ a Traumatized Teenager Becomes a Zombie.” Hogwash! See this great movie and decided for yourself.…

WE THE ANIMALS Film Review

Ninety-four minutes of rapturous filmmaking about three young brothers approaching puberty as they are growing up in the chaos of a working class, quintessential dysfunctional American family in rural upstate New York.