By Ryan Keating-Lambert

Although far from perfect, the representation of women in film has improved in recent years. From Alex Garland’s female led sci-fi Annihilation to Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, there are a lot of relatively recent films to remind you that women in film are here, and they’re here to stay. You should probably listen to what they have to say! The following are all (currently) available to stream in the Czech Republic. Get to it.

1. Roma (2018)

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Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Oscar-winning black and white masterpiece Roma is an emotional and timeless fly-on-the-wall tale of a year in the life of housemaid Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) and the middle class family she works for in Mexico City during the 1970s.

Cuarón has always been one to jump in the deep end with new filmmaking technology, just look at the Oscar-winning Gravity and the timeless Children of MenSo it’s no surprise that Roma is a marvel of modern cinema in which every shot is meticulously crafted and packed with delicious sub-text. It’ll change your life.

Where do I watch it? Netflix

 

2. Atomic Blonde (2017)

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Charlize Theron is a formidable on screen presence in this wonderfully entertaining and state of the art fight film from the director of John Wick.

Directed by David Leitch, (one half of the mind behind John Wick), Atomic Blonde is set in 1989 with MI6 agent Lorainne Broughton (Theron) who’s sent to Berlin to investigate the murder of a fellow agent, and recover a top secret list, that escalates into a neon lit symphony of brutal fight scenes executed with gracious precision by its talented cast including both Theron and James McAvoy as her Berlin partner agent David Percival, who both must’ve walked away with a sh*t-load of bruises.

Where do I watch it? Netflix

 

3. Horse Girl (2020)

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Horse Girl is a lively exploration of one girl’s madness and frustration. What starts off as a quirky indie comedy that we’ve seen a hundred times before soon turns into a wonderfully unique representation of mental health that’s both heartfelt and hypnotic. And Brie is fantastic.

The film centres around Sarah (Alison Brie) who lives a simple life, training horses and working in a crafts store. But when she starts to experience bizarre episodes of sleepwalking and other disturbing behaviour, she worries that she may succumb to the same future as her late grandmother…

Where do I watch it? Netflix

 

4. The Favourite (2018)

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Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Lobster), master of the Greek Weird Wave, The Favourite is an Oscar-winning historical dramedy starring Rachel Weisz, Olivia Coleman and Emma Stone as three women competing for power in 18th-century England.

The film cleverly makes use of Lanthimos’ trademark wit and robotic dialogue, not to mention award-winning performances from all three women (who also have equal screentime) to paint a wonderfully absurd picture of royal ridiculousness. Watch it, and then watch it again. This film never gets old.

Where do I watch it? HBO GO CZSK

 

5. Suspiria (2018)

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Based on the original by Dario Argento, the new Suspiria is more of a rebirth than a remake. A spellbinding ambitious art film that cleverly, albeit brutally, assaults the senses with its nightmarish imagery and explores unrelenting violence. The violence that occurs through abuses of power, both with politics and with women. It feels as timely today as it would have been confined within the wall of 1970s’ Berlin, which is where this very feminist horror epic takes place.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), Suspiria sees Susie (Dakota Johnson), a dancer and Mennonite from country Ohio, accepted into the prestigious Helena Markos Dance Company in Berlin. It’s shortly after that we learn of the witch’s coven operating within the school, led by the bewitching Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton) and Mother Markos (Also Tilda Swinton).

Where do I watch it? Amazon Prime Video

 

6. Lady Bird (2017)

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Greta Gerwig’s debut feature film starring a multi-award winning performance by Saoirse Ronan is a love letter to the adventures and delightful bitterness of Gerwig’s own teenage years.

This coming-of-age film explores the tumultuous life of Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson (Ronan) and her coming to grips with adulthood, not to mention coming to terms with her mother (Laurie), in Sacramento, California. Definitely a feel-good trip.

Where do I watch it? Netflix

 

7. Widows (2018)

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Directed by Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Widows is a a timely and thrilling heist movie reversing the gender roles that you’d typically see in the genre, and features a supremely talented cast of women, led by the incredible Viola Davis.

The film focuses on four women who, led by Veronica Rawlings (Viola Davis), organise a dangerous heist to pay back the money their dead husbands stole from corrupt Chicago politician Jamal Manning (Bryan Tyree Henry). It packs a hell of a punch, but is not without a laugh or two either.

Where do I watch it? HBO GO CZSK

 

8. I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore (2017)

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I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore is a very underrated American indie comedy  / thriller written and directed by Macon Blair and starring the wonderfully talented Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood, which you simply HAVE to watch for its unique brand of black comedy that borderlines on absurdity.

When Ruth (Lynskey) is burgled, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves with her odd neighbour (Wood). But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.

Where do I watch it? Netflix

 

9. Vox Lux (2019)

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Natalie Portman soars as troubled pop star ‘Celeste’ in Vox Lux – an imaginative and brutal commentary on pop stardom and its ability to be reborn through the tragedies of others.

Directed by Brady Corbet, Vox Lux chronicles the rise of fictional pop star ‘Celeste’, played by both Raffey Cassidy and Natalie Portman, after the young New Yorker suffers a spinal injury from a horrific high school shooting. Expect riveting performances, tantrums and a soundtrack by Sia.

Where do I watch it? HBO GO CZSK

 

10. Annihilation (2018)

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Guaranteed to ruffle your feathers… Alex Garland’s film is a provocative and fascinating work of science fiction genius. A marvel of modern cinema that deservedly earns a place in the sci-fi halls of fame.

Based on the best-selling book by Jeff Vandemeer, Annililation sees biologist Lena (Natalie Portman) and a team of scientists led by psychologist (Jennifer Jason Leigh) investigate the mysterious Area X, a quarantined zone inhabited by an alien ‘shimmer’ stemming from a coastal lighthouse. No one has ever returned, that is until Lena’s husband Kane (Oscar Isaac) shows up.

Where do I watch it? Netflix

Feature photo: Cinemart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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