Just Like a Woman Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Just Like a Woman

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language and sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    A hip-lifting drama.

  • Starring:

    Sienna Miller, Golshifteh Farahani, Michael Ehlers, Bahar Soomekh, Tim Guinee, Roschdy Zem, Chafia Boudraa, Jesse Bob Harper, Sayed Badreya

  • Directed by:

    Rachid Bouchareb

  • Running time:

    88 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A woman is kicked, beaten. A man threatens a woman. A woman makes a cut-throat movement across her neck. A man wishes his mother dead. Domestic violence discussed. Near-drowning. Arguing. Blood/gore: Corpse. Woman on stretcher. Blood on mouth, arm in sling.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple caught having sex. Shirtless couple (no genitals seen). Women in underwear. Skimpy dancewear, cleavage. Suggestive dancing. Propositioning, infidelity. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A woman consumes prescription medicine. Accidental overdose. Alcohol (beer, spirits, shots). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, n-word, b*tch, bastard. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, ethnic, cultural, regional stereotypes. A woman is belittled by her mother-in-law.

  • THEMES:

    Belly-dancing, unemployment, conception, sterility, mothers-in-law, rituals, taboo, infidelity, arranged marriage, desperation, responsibility, fate, prejudice, road trips, choreography, entertaining.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mother/mother-in-law. Job loss, relationship break-ups, sterility. Divorce, adoption mentioned. Spitting. Arabic language (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Stunning landscape cinematography. Strong performances. Well-intentioned.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Humourless, wispy, silly, anti-man, open-ended, trite. Weak script, familiar stereotypes, forced melodrama.

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