Tag Archives: documentary

CHRONIC (2015)

This  is not about the representation of old women in feature films but about the questions I ask myself – a woman aged 81 – in response to Chronic.   My first reaction was ” yet another male carer! Why?”  When … Continue reading

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Camera Obscura (2008) or what happens next?

Camera Obscura (2008) is an Argentinian film directed by Maria Victoria Menis. It is not about an old woman but I thought that this unknown film is well worth watching and studying for its multimedia form, its outdoor lyrical shots, … Continue reading

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IRIS – THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK

I have no special penchant for documentaries,  but I was persuaded by the critics to see Iris (2015) at the NFT (National Film Theatre). It was shown at the Studio screen, where, if short of stature, your viewing is obscured by … Continue reading

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SINCE OTAR LEFT… (2003) or Women’s Lives.

“Pour moi qui suis issue d’un univers familial plutôt matriarcal, je pouvais y mettre beaucoup de ma propre vie, parler des rapports mère-filles qui m’ont structuré ou destructuré…” What made me choose this film for our October film group session? … Continue reading

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MUM AND ME – SUE BOURNE TV DOCUMENTARY

When I started my blog on the representation of old women I needed to limit my field of research. I decided to exclude animation, because I am not very versed in the genre, and documentaries because the area might be … Continue reading

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MAMADRAMA (2001) The Jewish Mother Stereotype

http://www.jewishfilm.org/Catalogue/films/mamadrama.html This will be a very personal view of the documentary Mamadrama: The Jewish Mother in Cinema.(2001). When I arrived from the Middle East and settled in London I was puzzled by the expression “She is such a Jewish Mother”. … Continue reading

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ADVANCED STYLE (2014): not a work of art.

Oh dear! what can I say ? In my last post I quoted Bazin about reviews: “Let us say that the ideal would be to be able to help efficiently those we like and to have little influence on the … Continue reading

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FABULOUS FASHIONISTAS

Although my blog is about old women and feature films, I will consider a television  documentary broadcast on September 17th 2013 on Channel 4.  I think it is a very important programme in the field of representation of old women. … Continue reading

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FACT AND FICTION – BEVERLY AND KIMBERLY – THE IMPOSTER AND THE CHAMELEON

I was curious to see how the mother is portrayed in The Chameleon  (2010) based on Christopher d’Antonio Bourdin’s authorized biography. The film’s genre, is classified in IMDB as biography, drama, thriller. The title sequences state ‘Based on a True … Continue reading

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The Imposter and the Mother between Grief and Guilt

The Imposter elicits amazement at the story and praise at the way the director tells the story. At the heart of this dramatised documentary  is the incredible fact that a mother and sister are fooled into accepting a serial imposter … Continue reading

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