By Jennifer Merin
WeNews Film Critic
Friday, March 2, 2012
March brings a solid parade of female-directed and woman-centered films, from romances to family dramas to the high-octane thriller 'Silent House.' For serial escape, see them all.
As for love stories, here we go. From France, "Delicacy" stars Audrey Tautou as Nathalie, a successful Parisian business woman whose thoroughly happy life falls apart when her husband dies suddenly, and she goes into complete emotional retreat -- until she takes an unlikely romantic interest in a bumbling subordinate she notices at work. This very sweet film guts preconceptions about who falls in love with whom, and why.
"Friends With Kids," opening March 9, hits the romantic funny bone and tops a trio of romcoms. This quirky film, written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt, is about best friends, Julie (played by Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott), who decide, noncommittally, to have a baby together. The ins and outs of their non-marriage get measured against the ups and downs of two married couples. Plenty of entertaining plot reversals and the dialog is funny, fresh and convincing.
"The Decoy Bride," another romcom, is directed by Sheree Folkson, with a screenplay co-written by Sally Phillips. The title gives away a lot of the plot but it's worth a watch for other reasons: some hilarious twists, a bevy of endearing characters, the exhilarating Highlands setting, and charming Scottish accents. It's fun from start to finish. Opens March 9.
"Attenberg," Athina Rachel Tsangari's first feature, is the odd coming of age story of Marina (beautifully played by Ariane Lebed), a 23-year-old Greek trying to figure out what she will do when she's released from the responsibilities of caring for her terminally ill father. The film is quirky and at times quite moving, it's marred by a weak overall structure and self-consciously artsy approach.
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In addition to covering film for Women's eNews, Jennifer Merin writes about documentaries for About.com (http://documentaries.About.com ) and is president of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (http://www.AWFJ.org ), a nonprofit organization of the leading women film journalists in the U.S. and Canada. She is also a member of the Broadcast Journalists Association.
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