LOVE…RECONSIDERED – Review by Betsy Pickle

First-time feature director Carol Ray Hartsell, working from a script by Arielle Haller-Silverstone, aims for laughs and hits her mark. The movie veers into silliness at times, but some of the humor works on a deeper level. While it’s not in the same league comedically or romantically as Oscar contender “Past Lives, Love… pulls off the same remarkable achievement of constantly putting a smile on viewers’ faces. Don’t be surprised if you spend most of Love… Reconsidered looking for similarities between the main character and Bette Midler. After all, star Sophie von Haselberg’s major claim to fame – whether she likes it or not – is being Midler’s daughter. And it’s von Haselberg who centers the quirky romantic comedy as Ruby Goldberg.

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GIVE ME PITY! (IFF Rotterdam 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Give Me Pity! loyally mimics the once-ubiquitous TV prime time special format, here showcasing the many talents of the fictional Sissy St. Claire (Sophie von Haselberg). It’s all the song-and-dance routine glitzy razzle dazzle synonymous with such a format, but as Sissy’s earnest, to-camera monologues unfold throughout the movie, we see the cracks in her supposedly perfect, idealized facade begin to appear.

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