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Rated R for some language, sexuality, nudity and a bloody violent image
Directed by Olivier Assayas | In English
Starring Kristin Stewart, Lars Eidinger, and Sigrid Bouaziz
105 min | Drama/Mystery/Thriller | 2017
ABOUT THE FILM
Olivier Assayas, the internationally-acclaimed director of Clouds of Sils Maria and Summer Hours, returns with this ethereal and mysterious ghost story starring Kristen Stewart as a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him.
Kristen Stewart's performance is tremendous: she is calm and blank in the self-assured way of someone very competent, smart and young, yet her displays of emotion are very real and touching. She is entirely devoted to her smartphone, which is to be the conduit of her fears and there is a dash of pure Hitchcockian brilliance in a scene where she turns it on and a backlog of texts starts mounting up, bringing danger ever closer.
In The Last Word, Shirley MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her accomplishment, she's suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried), to pen her life's story. When the initial result doesn't meet Harriet's high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond which alters not only Harriet's legacy, but also Anne's future.
Directed by Charlene Fisk and Carrie Schrader | In English
85 min | Documentary | 2016
ABOUT THE FILM
They were not supposed to be athletes. They were not supposed to get paid to play. They were not supposed to call the shots. But in 1950, 13 amateur women golfers battled society, finances and sometimes even each other to stake their claim to become professional sportswomen by creating the Ladies Professional Golf Association (The LPGA).
Long overdue, this film is about finally recognizing those unseen efforts and identifying [the founders] as true icons of sport and equality. The film isn't just for those who frequent the golf course. This film is for anyone who believes in the transformative power of defying the odds.
The Founders is an iconic story of thirteen women who battled society, prejudice and preconception to create a lasting, global sporting legacy.
With humour, grit and raw talent, these underdogs not only changed the course of women's sport but created a timeless story of redemption and endurance. Through rare, archival footage, historical re-enactments and current-day interviews with surviving founders and leading players, we tell that storya special legacyin this feature-length documentary.
While their male counterparts drew adoring crowds and handsome purses for their athletic achievements, [the founders] used money from their own pockets to stage tournaments in small, far-flung towns that questioned whether female golfers were even worth watching. Together, they logged thousands of miles a week just for the opportunity to tee off on courses they also had to groom! With the creation of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, the founders staked their claim on the green and forged a path for future women athletes to be celebrated and taken seriously.