PARTY GIRL
2014, Distrib Films, 95 min, France, Dir: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis

Angélique (a marvelous Angélique Litzenburger) works as a bar hostess at a cabaret on the French-German border. At 60, she still enjoys the nightlife, though fewer men are attracted to her – except for Michel (Joseph Bour), a retired miner who surprises her with a marriage proposal. Winner of the Un Certain Regard Ensemble Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. In French with English subtitles.


GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM
2014, Music Box Films, 115 min, Israel, Dir: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz

“Gett” is Hebrew for a divorce decree - something that’s very tough to get in Israel, where rabbinical courts hold jurisdiction and mutual consent is required. This riveting drama follows the five-year struggle of Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) to break from her loveless marriage to husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian); its powerful examination of the roles of men and women in a religious society where they are not always equal recalls Asghar Farhadi’s A SEPARATION. In Hebrew, French and Arabic with English subtitles.


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