OUR BODY – Review by Diane Carson

Unobtrusively, in Our Body, French director Claire Simon documents patients, doctors, and nurses in a gynecology ward of a Parisian hospital. In over two hours and forty-nine minutes, Simon observes interaction concerning a wide range of women’s medical conditions and records several operations. Discussions include abortion, trans therapy, hysterectomy, endometriosis, fertility testing and treatment, breast and cervical cancers, mastectomy, and more. Unexpectedly and ironically, director Simon becomes one of the subjects part way through her filming, and she joins the diverse group of women.

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THE COMPETITION (LE CONCOURS) – Review by Diane Carson

Director Claire Simon’s documentary Le Concours/The Competition begins with the nitty gritty details of bureaucratic paperwork before moving to a large, packed auditorium. After watching two brief film clips, hundreds of aspiring applicants have three hours to write individual reactions, crucial elements for possible admission to the prestigious Parisian French film school La Fémis.

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