There are action films, there are thrillers, there are biopics, there are comedies… and then, there are films for women. No, those don’t have to be rom-coms or melodramas. Not at all. Rather, films for women share the stories of other women, famous and unknown, talented and mediocre, happy and miserable. These films inspire us – as women – and make us think about what it means to be a woman and how our feminine foundation shapes our existence, the way we see the world and interact with it. And the best part, no matter what the subject is, sooner or later there will be a moment when we can totally relate to the characters… Because we are women!
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Tired of their unfulfilling lives, Louise, a working waitress, and Thelma, a meek housewife, decide to go away for a short fishing trip. However, their adventure soon goes wrong, when Louise shoots a man who tries to assault Thelma at a bar. Police start searching for them, and they resolve to flee to Mexico, falling for a thief and a detective on the way.
Cast: Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, Brad Pitt, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen
Woman in Gold (2015)
The story of Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish woman, who is fighting for justice, trying to reclaim family values that were seized by the Nazis. Among her family possessions is the portrait of Maria’s aunt Adele. It is the famous painting by Gustav Klimt "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.” Together with brave young lawyer Randy Schoeberg, the woman is attempting to recover her rights to her family’s cherished artwork.
Cast: Hellen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons
Age of Adaline (2015)
Many people dream of never growing old. But this is not the case of Adaline Bowman. After a car accident, she miraculously stopped aging and remained 29 years old for almost eight decades. Her daughter grew up and grew old, but Adaline stayed the same, living a solitary life and never revealing her secret. Until one day she meets a man she wants to spend the rest of her life with and grow old together.
Cast: Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman, Ellen Burstyn
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Jasmine is a New York socialite living a real dolce vita. But one day, her entire world, so glamorous and secure, collapses. Her marriage to a wealthy businessman ends, and she is forced to flee to her sister’s shubby apartment in San Francisco. She is devastated, jobless and helpless. It seems like her life is over, but she finds strength to start figuring out what direction to take and how to build her life anew.
Cast: Cate Blanchett (Academy Award), Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Louis L. K.
The Iron Lady (2011)
Fetching the Academy Award as the Best Actress for this role, Meryl Streep brings to the screen an incredible image of Margaret Thatcher. A politician who had always chosen action over inaction. A woman who was never afraid to speak her mind and go against the grain. A head of the state who was able to leave with dignity and at the right time.
Cast: Meryl Streep (Academy Award), Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen, Olivia Colman
[Image Credit: public domain]
Posted on October 8, 2015 in Cinema Galore by Lioness Woman`s Club