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8 Feminist Movies to Watch on Netflix Right Now

by Emily Keen

 

Women centred films are slowly breaking the stereotypes and coming to the fore with more innovative and intriguing plots. Filmmakers are coming up with powerful issues surrounding women as opposed to archaic stereotypes where women were just considered a decoration for the script. Here are 8 films streaming on Netflix that have strong stories played by equally staunch actresses.

 

  1. Portraits of feminism

Image result for Portraits of feminism documentaryA dozen women activists are interviewed in this documentary where they share their views around the evolution of society as a safe and welcoming place for women.

 

  1. Is not it romantic?

Related imageNo, it’s not. It is just a girl on a journey of self-discovery and learning the importance of self-love.

 

  1. Dumplin’

Image result for Dumplin’Ever felt like you are not happy with your body? Most women do and that’s the issue this film expects to tackle in the vein of a light-hearted teen comedy.

 

  1. Lionheart

Image result for LionheartThe ceiling is glass. All you need is a Lionheart! Shot in Nigeria, the film is written, directed and enacted by Genevieve Nnaji as the central character.

 

  1. Mona Lisa SMILE

Related imageMaking life decisions does not seem like a big deal for women in our world right now. But the young women of the mid-twentieth century did not think of it as normal. Watch Mona Lisa Smile to find out how they emerged out of the cocoon to believe in a whole new reality and the fact that they had every right to shape it.

 

  1. The Incredible Jessica James

Image result for The Incredible Jessica JamesModern women want to be self-sufficient for themselves and would still believe in old school romance. Why is it hard to accept that strong women feel no different want nothing different when it comes to love without compromising on their self-esteem? The film raises some very pertinent questions.

 

  1. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Image result for She’s Beautiful When She’s AngryWhoever type casted feminists as rude, men bashing creatures, definitely need to watch this film. The film brings to fore some very prominent moments from the second wave of the feminist movement.

 

  1. Historias cruzadas

Related imageNo oppressor can survive once the force of nature decides to reconcile. Historias cruzadas documents the combat of mid-20th-century domestic workers in the United States who joined hands against ill-treatment by employers and in the process inspired many city women to question the norms of gender stereotypes.

 

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Revenge Review: Familiar yet Effective Rape-and-Revenge Thriller

by Utkarsh Bansal

Revenge is a story as simple as its title. It’s a rape and revenge thriller, and that should tell you just about everything there is to know about the plot. Matilda Lutz plays our vengeful hero. Her name, backstory, or really any character traits apart from sheer grit and determination are irrelevant here. She’ll be hurt, she’ll survive against all odds, and one by one she’ll hunt them down. You expect the wide shots, the badass music, the brutal violence. We’ve seen it all before.

What I hadn’t seen before was not the story, but the telling of it. Writer-director-editor Coralie Fargeat has given this movie a distinctive voice, making it memorable not in its plot points, but its minutiae. I remember the bit apple, the blood dripping on the ant, the star-shaped earring. Cinematographer Robrecht Heyvaert employs extreme close-ups, making the movie’s desert setting feel all the more gritty, visceral and real. Just like The Revenant, another revenge movie, made us feel the cold, Revenge makes us feel the heat. The sounds of the desert are loud too, completing the effect of immersion. When you not only see what the protagonist sees, but also feel what she feels, you don’t need a backstory to get invested.

The editing deserves special mention. It is perhaps the biggest reason the movie is so engrossing. Now usually the kind of editing most deserving of praise is the kind that is so seamless that you forget it’s there. The editors on Revenge announce their presence with a bang, and take over the show. The sudden cuts are flashy, showy, and spectacular. If the deliberate pacing used effectively to build tension throws you off, these edits are what will keep you engaged.

From a story perspective, the one thing I did find remarkable here was the symbolism. There’s a subtly effective phoenix metaphor in the way she comes back after being left for dead. Well, at least until the movie decides to get rid of the subtlety and embrace that metaphor as its emblem. And while the movie offers no deep feminist insights, it’s certainly interesting to see how the 3 antagonists of the film embody different traits associated with toxic masculinity: entitlement, apathy and a bloated, fragile ego. To me, this made their comeuppance all the more satisfying.

Revenge isn’t some masterpiece of action, hell, it’s not even a masterpiece in the revenge subgenre. But it’s a good movie, and one I highly recommend to those who need an outlet for righteous feminist rage.

If you don’t mind copious amounts of blood, gore and full frontal male nudity that is.

Revenge is available for digital rent and download now.

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