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Fear (La Paura, 1954), the last Rossellini/Bergman collaboration, also exists in three different cuts, with three different endings. Bergman here plays Irene, a married woman trying to prevent a blackmailer from informing her husband, Albert (Mathias Wieman), of her infidelity. Upon discovering that the blackmailer was actually working for her husband, Irene attempts suicide, only to have Albert turn up at the last minute (literally 50 seconds from the end of the film) and bring about a…
The themes included intimacy, vulnerability, female community, what it means to be a woman, have a female body, manage societal expectations and spirituality. Smoke sauna is a safe sacred space with sessions of at least 4 hours each, connected to the cycle of water and nature. The conversation was deep and healing.
There was also laughter together.
Terrific storytelling. Beautiful and courageous women. Gorgeous cinematography and sound design (including singing, female vocalizing and accordion by the cast).
“ The smoke sauna…
Terrific performance from Zar Amir Ebrahimi (also terrific in HOLY SPIDER) with great chemistry with Selina Zahednia. Beautiful time specific costume designs.
Nora Niasari’s moving directorial debut is based on her real-life mother-daughter story, when her mother escaped her abusive Iranian husband in a complex situation 25 years ago in Australia.
I almost skipped this Seattle international film Festival / SIFF film due to the subject matter and am glad friends highly recommended it. Excellent doc about sex workers in Seattle. Great directing, cinematography, editing, choice of primary subjects. The women who hook are also addicts who are ‘taken care of’ by the so-called Mayor of Aurora (the route where many prostitutes work). The storyline of this documentary is excellent. You might guess where it’s going and it’s still worth watching…