A collection of movies about love, power, strength and resilience, tailor made for a weekend celebrating special women.
By
Staff writers

10 May 2019 - 12:30 PM  UPDATED 9 May 2019 - 4:50 PM

Volver

M
Spain, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Blanca Portillo, Antonio de la Torre
What's it about?
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hug your nearest and dearest, when you settle in for this surreal celebration of the bonds between three generations of Spanish women, from director Pedro Almodovar. Following her death, a grandmother returns to address issues left unresolved at the time of her passing. 

The Ice Storm

M
US, 1997
Genre: Drama
Language: [language]
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Henry Czerny, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, Christina Ricci, Katie Holmes, 
What's it about?
Okay, so no one is going to win any parenting awards in Ang Lee's depiction of a very chilly Thanksgiving weekend in the Connecticut 'burbs in 1973. But it's an incredible film about secrets lies, and the sexual revolution. When a winter storm descends upon this upper middle class neighborhood, buried resentments bubble over, leading to a tragedy neither family will ever forget.  

The Kids Are All Right

US, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Starring: Annette Bening, Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hutcherson 
What's it about?
Two mums, Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening), have been together for years, had both of their teen-aged kids through artificial insemination. Their bustling home life is thrown into comic disarray when the kids track down their biological donor Dad, Paul (Mark Ruffalo), and invite him home for dinner. Paul is a bachelor whose sudden longing for a family introduces an interesting sexual dynamic to the not-quite-ordinary equation of the Allgoods. 

The Kids Are All Right Review

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ros Horin
Starring: Aminata Conteh-Biger Yordanos Haile- Michael Rosemary Kariuki-Fyfe
What's it about?
A powerful story of resilience, this moving film features four African Australian women (former refugees), all victims of sexual abuse and violence, who take on the risky challenge of creating and performing their stories in a professional Theatre production. The film charts their journeys over a 5-year period from tentative and painful beginnings in exploratory workshops through to the eventual triumph of their theatre show against all the odds.

The Tree of Life

PG
US, 2000
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
In one of her breakthrough roles, Jessica Chastain is motherhood personified in Terrence Malick's dreamy existential story.  The film races the evolution of an 11-year-old boy in the Midwest, from his first experiences of joy love and mercy (from his mother), to his introduction to the 'ways of the world' (from his father). Each parent contends for his allegiance, and the boy must reconcile their claims. His experience of the world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth as he seeks unselfish love.

The Tree of Life Review: Malick ponders our place in the universe
Why You Should Watch: The Tree of Life

A Happy Event

MA15+
France, Belgium, 2011
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: French
Director:
Starring: Josiane Balasko, Louise Bourgoin, Thierry Frémont, Gabrielle Lazure
What's it about?
Barbara (Louise Bourgoin) – intelligent, ambitious and gorgeous – is a post-graduate student, while Nicolas (Pio Marmaï), replete with boyish charm, is a clerk in a video store. After a humorous courtship in the video store where Nicolas works, the pair begin a passionate romance that grows into relationship bliss. They frolic, they dine, they paint walls together and all too quickly they find themselves enthusiastically, if not slightly nervously, embarking on their biggest joint venture yet – their first child. But what begins as a life step they decide to embrace with joyful abandon, quickly starts to change shape (both figuratively and literally) as Barbara’s tummy swells with their unborn child and new pressures start to weigh on their relationship.

A Happy Event Review

Café de Flore

M
France, Canada, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Vanessa Paradis
What's it about?
A time-shifting, moving story of lasting love, from director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Big Little Lies).  In present-day Montreal, globetrotting DJ Antoine (Kevin Parent) is two years into a passionate relationship with Rose (Evelyn Brochu), having left life-long partner Carole (Hélène Florent) and their daughters. Meanwhile, in a grimy 1969 Paris, cash-strapped Jacqueline (Vanassa Paradis) single-handedly raises her seven-year-old son Laurent (Marin Gerrier). She places him in a non-specialised school, where Laurent succumbs to a powerful case of puppy love. 

Café de Flore: Jean-Marc Vallée interview
Café de Flore Review

 

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