MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 22, 2022: SKIES OF LEBANON

Quirky and poignant, creative and heartfelt, Chloe Mazlo’s drama Skies of Lebanon is a singular achievement in inventive filmmaking. As she tells the story of Alice (Alba Rohrwacher) — a young Swiss woman who leaves home in the 1950s and makes her way to Beirut, where she falls in love, marries, and raises a family — Mazlo serves up a unique mix of tone and style that’s likely to both charm and move viewers.

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SKIES OF LEBANON – Review by Jennifer Merin

Skies of Lebanon opens the mind to deep consideration of the invasive impact that war and social strife have on families who work hard to contribute to society and, in return, just want to live in peace. Thanks to its genre-defying style, it is a lot of fun while it’s being quite serious in touching on themes that are currently relevant around the world, as well as right here, at home. The film is a must see.

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SKIES OF LEBANON – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

Most of us strive for happy lives that are filled with loving partners and family, satisfying work, and pleasant surroundings that meet our needs. Many of us achieve these goals, but unimagined forces can bring the fulfilling lives we work to achieve crashing down around us. It is this erosion of normal lives and social connections that French Lebanese director and co-screenwriter Chloé Mazlo explores in her tribute to her parents and their home country in Skies of Lebanon.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 15, 2019: DAUGHTER OF MINE

motw logo 1-35A passionate exploration of the nature of motherhood, daughterhood, and connection, Laura Bispuri’s Daughter of Mine has a raw, naturalistic feel that makes its characters and their choices seem very real. Viewers are plunged right into the world of two Italian women who both lay claim to a young girl who finds herself torn between them.

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DAUGHTER OF MINE – Review by Loren King

Two very different women in a sleepy small town, bound by a shared secret … if that sounds like a Lifetime movie, or even a delicious Douglas Sirk melodrama, Daughter of Mine, from director Laura Bispuri, is anything but. It’s a compelling, naturalistic tale of motherhood and mother love, with a memorable young girl, Vittoria (Sara Casu), at the center of a stormy, primal relationship.

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DAUGHTER OF MINE – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Set against the raw and rocky primordial landscape of Sardinia, Laura Bispuri’s Daughter of Mine is an intriguing if loosely told tale of two mothers, feral party-girl Angelica (Alba Rohrwacher) who gave birth to a look-alike daughter and Tina (Valeria Golina, hardly aged since starring in 1988’s Rain Man), a church-going factory worker with raven tresses who has invested her whole life to making sure the girl has been raised right and wants for nothing

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DAUGHTER OF MINE – Review by Cate Marquis

Laura Bispuri’s strikingly honest Daughter of Mine, an Italian-language drama that explores the meaning of motherhood through the tense struggle between two women who both have claims on a 9-year-old girl. Set in the wind-swept, sandy island of Sardinia off Italy’s coast, the drama is both specific to this location and these people, and universal.

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