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Month: April 2024

Woman in the Wall–Imprisonment in  the Magdalene Laundries

Set up as a six-episode thriller, Woman in the Wall is based on the horrific exploitation of teenage girls and young women in “the homes for unwed mothers” in Ireland.  The scandal of the Magdalene Laundries has damaged the Catholic Church for over a century and a half.   This fictionalized account focuses on Lorna Brady (Ruth Wilson of “The Affair”, “Luther”, “Saving Mr. Banks”, “Dark Materials” among many others) and her determination to find her now thirty-year old daughter who was taken from her at the Magdalene Laundries....

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The Abyss–Going Down a Rabbit Hole

The Abyss, while a fictional narrative, is nonetheless based upon a real town, Kiruna, Sweden and the mine located beneath it.    First and foremost, The Abyss (2023) is a disaster film  about one woman superhero’s mental and physical strength in saving the lives of her friends and her teenage son. Frigga (Tuva Novotny) is in charge of safety in the mine, and has learned the skills of her father who died there.   Her two teenage children, Simon and Mica) are rather clueless about how important their mother is to the safety of Kiruna.  Her ex-husband (David Franzén), and...

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Saltburn–Class Wounds

Saltburn is a 2023 highly original indie psychological thriller written, directed, and co-produced by Emerald Fennell (creator of “A Promising Young Woman”, see my March 25,2021 review).   A brilliant middle-class Oxford student with  few friends (except for one rather sadistic roommate), Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan from “Banshees of Inisherin”) has little appeal with women, but outsized ambitions to be popular with his fellow aristocratic students. A coming-of-age film this is not! Supernaturally handsome Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi), befriends Oliver after  Oliver...

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