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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AIR DOLL – Review by Diane Carson

Air Doll watches an inflatable sex doll come to life and reveal Tokyo. Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda has a well-earned international following as well as numerous awards. The distribution company Dekanalog, dedicated “to the release of the most unique filmmaking voices,” will now provide on-demand access to Kore-eda’s 2009 Air Doll, a provocative look at contemporary Japanese society and the individual need for, as well as the elusiveness of, affection.

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TAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICE – Review by Diane Carson

For everyone who has experienced one of those days or weeks when nothing goes right, Take Me Somewhere Nice will strike a familiar chord. The story begins with Alma, in her Netherlands home, as she learns that her estranged father is in the hospital in Bosnia, his homeland. She flies there, expecting her cousin Emir’s assistance to find him.

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