DVD Reviews

Aquarius A portrait of an unconventional 65-year-old woman who is a consummate lover of place. Beauty
The Women's Balcony A well-done religious drama set in Jerusalem where the members of a small synagogue confront changes demanded by a fundamentalist zealot. Zeal
Truman A heart-affecting drama about dying, grief, friendship, and love. Love
The Midwife A satisfying dramedy about a woman seeking fresh directions and adventures during middle age. Transformation
A Woman's Life A sobering portrait of the victimization of a woman who lacks the character quality of resilience. Meaning
The Death of Louis XIV An unusual French film about death and dying. You
The Passion of Augustine An intriguing drama about a musically gifted religious who creatively handles the many challenges facing her convent school. Transformation
After the Storm A touching story about a mad and sad blocked writer in the midst of a midlife breakdown. You
A Tale of Love and Darkness A sobering and insightful screen rendition of Amos Oz's memoir. Love
Neruda A Chilean film that blends fantasy and realism in its treatment of poet Pablo Neruda and a policeman fascinated with him. Questing
Frantz A heart-affecting and inventive drama about war, grief, forgiveness, and the healing powers of art. Forgiveness
Past Life A sober-minded Israeli film about sibling rivalry, secrets from the past, and the quest to express oneself creatively. Forgiveness
Dheepan A riveting film about three Sri Lankan refugees and their quest for a place to call home. Love
Things to Come A touching portrait of a resilient woman facing multiple challenges as she ages. Being Present
The Salesman A portrait of a marriage that is rocked by an intruder's sexual assault. Love
Julieta An immersive mother-daughter story that vividly explores emotional literacy. Love
Being 17 A compelling French drama that enables us to savor the poignant mysteries of love, yearning, and sex. Love
The Brand New Testament A dramedy about the Divine Feminine with a surplus of laughter, tears, music that touches the soul, and miracles that soften the heart. Compassion
A Man Called Ove A Swedish dramedy about the strange and wonderful ways in which a difficult person's heart can be tenderized. Transformation
Neither Heaven Nor Earth A French/Belgian metaphysical drama about the mysterious disappearance of soldiers on both sides in the Afghanistan war. X-The Mystery
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