Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Films with Strong Female Characters
For the third week of November 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We focus on films with strong female characters as it’s becoming more common lately with films focused on women. Here are my three picks:
1. Les Rendez-vous d'Anna
From the late Chantal Akerman is a film that explores isolation where a filmmaker is on the road traveling through Europe to promote a film. Starring Aurore Clement, it’s a film that is told in the span of 72 hours on a train from Cologne, Germany to Paris, France where she would meet various people during her journey as well as sleep with two men she would meet during her travels. Still, it is a film that is this intriguing character study in which a woman copes with her own detachment from everyone as well as the need to connect in strange surroundings.
Agnes Varda’s 1985 film about the life of a drifter who is first found dead in a ditch during a cold winter in the South of France. The film features an incredible performance from Sandrine Bonnaire as this hitchhiker trying to find anything she would encounter whether it is work, shelter, food, or companionship. It’s a film filled with some existential themes as well as a woman trying to find her role in the world as it is told in an unconventional style moving from something that feels like a documentary to something more traditional in a narrative as it’s one of Varda’s finest films.
3. Zero Dark Thirty
Though it’s the most conventional pick of the three films in the list, it is still one of the finest films of the 21st Century so far as it is about the search for Osama Bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks. Starring Jessica Chastain as a CIA officer who is charged with finding Bin Laden and the eight-year search it would take to find him amidst the sense of loss, false leads, and other moments that would challenge anyone. Told with such style by Kathryn Bigelow, the film is intense as it follows Chastain who goes through so much to find the man that started the 9/11 attacks as well as clues that would lead to his death.
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