WOMAN IN THE FIFTH; United Kingdom, ONE &1/2 STARS! Murky, meandering miasma of failed, faulty filmmaking. Ethan Hawke earns a star for his passable accomplishments in the French language. Kristin Scott Thomas’s talents are wasted in this dreary, foggy psychological thriller.
RETURN TICKET; China/Taiwan, 2 & 1/2 STARS!! Quiet, sweet, contemplative, sporadically humorous tale of migrant workers in Shanghai longing to return to their native towns, facilitated by unorthodox methods and individuals; all can empathize with their quest.
THE SLUT; Israel, THREE & 1/2 STARS!!! Riveting, beautiful Hagar Ben-Asher stars and directs this award winning, boundary- challenging, simmering scenario of a single mother applying her gifts to the satisfaction of all the men she encounters; taboos are addressed, questions, unanswered. Keep in mind the literal translation of “slut” is “caregiver” in Hebrew.