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Film recommendation: Saint Frances
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Film recommendation: Saint Frances

A small but special film that examines so much of what goes to make up human – particularly female – life shown with warmth and some great taboo-busting. You wait, well, all your life for a film or TV show that mentions period sex and then, guess what, two come along at once. First, Michaela Coel’s searing television series I May Destroy You literally examines a blood clot, then Saint Frances shows us a bed and, yes, faces covered in blood. People who menstruate (yes, I will say that, JKR, because it is valid), we are seen and the taboos are being busted. But Saint Frances is about much, much more than this – it is just an early indicator that this is a film that is real, messy (literally and metaphorically) and will show its characters with their charms and flaws, their reality – an...
Film Recommendation: Appropriate Behaviour
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Film Recommendation: Appropriate Behaviour

Enjoy Appropriate Behaviour, Desiree Akhavan's endearingly frank, bittersweet self-portrait of life as a bi-sexual Iranian-American Brooklynite. Rewatching Appropriate Behaviour reminded me how rarely we see scrappy, imperfect – ie real – women on screen. And how refreshing it is to see them when one is, or knows, imperfect women (ie all of us!). Let alone bisexual women, who get little exposure in films, and a non-white bisexual woman at that. Akhavan herself plays Shirin, an American-Iranian bisexual woman in her 20s, who is not yet out to her parents. At the start of the film she is just breaking up from her girlfriend and the film flits around its timeline in the same messy way that its protagonist’s mind is processing complicated emotions. Shirin is trying to deal with the end of ...
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