BLEEDING HEART, GIRL IN THE BOOK and TAINTED VEIL Open Dec 11 — Reviews by Jennifer Merin

bleeding heart posterBleeding Heart is a tension-filled drama about the relationship between half-sisters who find each other after having been raised by different parents in different circumstances. Yoga instructor Meg (Jessica Biel) connects with her sister Shiva (Zosia Mamet), a sex worker with an abusive and violent pimp. Writer/director Diane Bell delivers a gripping character-driven femme-centric thriller. The Girl in the Book, writer/director Marya Cohn’s first feature, is a tale of child abuse and its impact. As a teenager, Alice (Emily VanCamp) was sexually preyed upon by author Milan Daneker (Michael Nyqvist), who used the incident as fodder for his novel. Fifteen years later, Alice, still struggling to overcome her humiliation, is assigned to edit her molester’s new book. Performances are strong and the plot leads to personal transformation. The Tainted Veil, a documentary co-directed by Nahla Al Fahad, Mazen al Khayrat and Ovidio Salazar, covers the custom and history of women covering their heads with the hijab, the scarf or veil worn by many Muslim women and girls. Read the reviews…

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SPIRITED AWAY on Blu-ray Spreads Feminist Spirit, Streep Campaigns for Equality and Film Festival Feminism – Brandy McDonnell comments

spirited-away2Spirited Away uproots the tired ‘damsel in distress awaits the prince to rescue (and marry) her narrative, as 10-year-old Chihiro embarks on a mission to save Haku, the boy who initially helped her adapt to the spirit world and who turns out to be more than he seems as well. Seeing the legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki’s 2003 Oscar winner in glorious high definition on Blu-ray, I was again astounded by the richness of his storytelling, and also by the influence one determined game-changer can make. Plus new kudos for Meryl Streep on equal rights, feminism at the Los Angeles Film Festival and the new collaboration between BFI London Film Festival and the Geena Davis Institute in this week’s The Week in Women.

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