A Woman, a Part (2016)

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A Woman, a Part: Directed by Elisabeth Subrin. With Dagmara Dominczyk, Maggie Siff, Khandi Alexander, John Ortiz. An exhausted, workaholic actress, Anna Baskin, 44, abruptly extricates herself from a successful but mind-numbing TV role, returning to her past life in New York to reinvent herself.

“Saw this movie at the Rotterdam film festival (IFFR.COM) 2016. It was part of the official Tiger Award Competition, due to a new policy this year being confined to only eight movies. The latter (competition = festivalu0026#39;s flagship) inevitably gives rise to high expectations. Iu0026#39;m happy to say that this was the first time during the festival that the Competition section really delivered an interesting experience. (As a side note: The rest of the IFFR Competition mostly disappointed, as I could appreciate only 2 out of 8. But that is a different story altogether.)u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eCenterpiece is an understandable dilemma, nothing far-fetched about it, and the rest of the plot is equally comprehensible and very realistic. In retrospect the ending is a logical development out of the foregoing events, though I confess that I did not see it coming. For me, it was a real surprise how things eventually came about. Throughout the running time my interest remained, and I saw no real dull or slow moments. A second confession is that I admit that some of the discussions went past me, but it did not make a difference to value the movie in total with score maximum 5 for the audience award when leaving the theater.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe IMDb synopsis made me start on the wrong foot, however. It promised an attempt to study a series of contemporary issues, entailing nothing less than (start quote) u0026quot;gentrification, addiction, autoimmune disease, burnout, sexism in the film industry and 21st century marketing of the selfu0026quot; (end quote). Donu0026#39;t expect answers for any of these real-life problems, however. If only I had something useful to say about one or two themes out of this list, I would have been very happy. And this movie did not enlighten me either on these interesting topics.”


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