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Girl, Interrupted

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Twenty-one years after its initial release, we delve into James Mangold’s critically acclaimed ‘Girl, Interrupted’ starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie to explore themes of mental illness, isolation and understanding.
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100 Boyfriends (2021)

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Brontez Purnell’s 100 Boyfriends is a transgressive, lewd, and devastatingly funny spiral into the imperfect lives of queer men, desperately fighting the hurdles modern-day society hands them. Purnell is a widely acclaimed underground filmmaker, writer, musician, performance artist and musician, who writes with the unrivalled ardour, insight, and horniness of a punk lord. Armed with a lethal deadpan humour, he forces his characters to climb their way out of even the lowest of times.
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Animals (2019)

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Animals directed by Sophie Hyde: surely not another movie treading the well-worn tracks of badly behaved women, whose tenure in hedonism is disrupted, tested, and then corrected by the arrival of the smouldering and well put-together man? Well. Yes…and No. Here, Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome is not prince charming heralding happily ever after, but an introspective fly on the wall of the central character arc. There is no didactic revelation that locates success in the arms of a man behind the slats of a suburban picket fence. Rather, as Laura discovers, success is found when holding on to your own tenacious spirit and heeding wherever it may ask you to go…
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Little Women (2019)

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Under Greta Gerwig’s directorial vision, Amy, the oft-overlooked March sister rises to the fore in pursuit of her dreams and ambitions. Working with Gerwig to uncover this lost complexity, Florence Pugh charms us as a vivacious and determined heroine who holds her own alongside sister Jo in this newest adaption of the beloved March women.
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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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Fashion designer turned film auteur, Tom Ford’s second feature film explores the past, present and conflicted inner world of LA Art dealer Susan Morrow. Amy Adams’ intricate performance varnishes this neo-noir with it’s devastating portrayal of youth’s unjaded buoyancy and regret’s silent torment.
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Cruella (2021)

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Whether you’re a fashion lover, Disney lover or you enjoy films that have a boss-bitch attitude throughout then take some advice…go and watch Cruella. Full stop. As a fashion student, I have been so excited for the release of Craig Gillespie’s take on the villainess’ origin story played by Emma Stone, as I expected the costume design by Jenny Beavan to be impeccable. And it is. In the 1996 live-action 101 Dalmatians, we saw Glenn Close portray the supervillain Cruella as a cold, puppy-skinner fashion designer who loved fur and we all questioned how did she get like this? Who could hate puppies?!
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

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In late 18th century France, a female artist - Marianne, is summoned from the city to the stormy and isolated peninsula of Brittany to paint a portrait for a girl betrothed to a Milanese suitor. Unbeknownst to Marianne, this is the second time a painter has been summoned to depict the recalcitrant subject, and the second daughter of hers to be promised to the overseas gentleman.
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Papicha (2019)

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A woman’s right to self-expression and to be who she wants to be is something that’s so often overlooked by those who’ve only ever known this freedom. Mounia Meddour’s ‘Papicha’ explores ideas of ownership, censorship and religious fundamentalism, all while maintaining likeable and relatable characters to its viewers.
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Pretty Persuasion (2005)

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Marcos Siega’s Pretty Persuasion follows the vengeance of Kimberley Joyce, a precocious and manipulative high school student turned vindictive sex kitten, who accuses her English and Drama teacher of sexual harassment. A black-comedy at its core, the film takes no prisoners in amassing its great wreckage, ensuring that this Beverly Hills High school is a ritual of humiliation.
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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

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You may most recently remember Elizabeth Olsen as the leading lady of Marvel's Wanda Vision, a dazzling supernatural heroine who uses her powers to sustain a magically engineered world. In Martha Marcy May Marlene however, Olsen proffers to her audience a dejected and paranoid victim whose escape from a modern Manson-family styled cult is revealed one harrowing flashback at a time.