You don’t have too much inspiration for your solitary evenings? We help you find your way around the infernal labyrinth of the Netflix catalog by offering you some pretty feminist films this week.
Updated article, originally published on April 23, 2022
Whether netflix is not stingy with horrific productions and other slightly naughty family thrillers, it also does not forget to give pride of place to progressivism through fictions highlighting women.
Here is our selection of films as diverse and varied as feminists.
Moxie, by Amy Poehler, to see on Netflix
Moxie raises a shy fist, but a fist all the same.
In this fiction inspired by the eponymous novel by Jennifer Mathieu published in 2015, Hadley Robinson is Vivian Carter, a high school student known for not making waves. Vivian is a good student, not a very party girl, and dedicates most of her time to remaking the world with her best friend Claudia on the benches of her high school while eating triangle sandwiches.
Vivian dreams of sweaty love affairs with Seth Acosta, who gained seven centimeters during summer vacation, going from “shrimp” to love interest major. But not only.
Vivian is looking for herself, wants to push back the contours of the boxes that have always defined her, wants to have less narrow opinions.
Blame it no doubt on Lucy, the new student, who is determined not to let the boys of the school take over. Because it must be said that they have a more than reprehensible attitude, these guys with oversized egos.
They harass the news, post awards for the girl with the best ass, the most fuckable, the most cheeky; they allow themselves inappropriate gestures, remarks heavy with meaning, heavy in short. Not to say frankly serious.
In short, they reign as undisputed masters over an institute that never punishes them. Worse still, these beardless executioners are glorified as captains of the football team, athletes, or simply penis holders!
These injustices, this primary sexism, Vivian, encouraged by Lucy’s revolts and by her mother’s past engagement, has decided to leave them no more room.
To do this, it publishes an anonymous review denouncing sexism in her school and has dozens of copies in the girls’ toilets. Inside, she encourages the girls to draw stars and hearts on their hands, as a sign of coalition.
Exit patriarchy, hello equality and consideration. In any case, the fight for them.
This will be gentle at first, then more severe, it will be carried by heroines with very diverse profiles, and also by Seth, an ally to the feminist cause.
See Moxie on Netflix
The Lost Daughter, by Maggie Gyllenhaal, to see on Netflix
We totally change the register with this beautiful multi-named drama Oscars, which evolves in a postcard setting. A Greek island, on which one projects oneself easily, equipped with a large hat, sunglasses, a book under the arm. This is the vacation that a professor of comparative literature, Leda (played by the fantastic Olivia Coleman), has decided to spend.
Alone, she is determined to have fun, to read on the beach, to eat at the restaurant or on her terrace with good Greek dishes. But it was without counting on an American family whose gatherings disturb the apparent calm of the beach, and whose certain members do not want to bother themselves with the presence of this mysterious tourist.
Leda begins to develop a slight obsession for a young mother of this noisy tribe, Nina (Dakota Johnson), in which she recognizes herself. The latter is only a little free in her movements, her daughter being constantly hanging around her neck.
When the little one loses her doll, a kind of comforter she can’t do without, things start to go wrong for everyone…
The mothers dissected by The Lost Daughter are all in nuances and reveal complexity and ambivalence of motherhood. This film tells us that even women with children can be something other than mothers : intellectuals, lovers, people who want to enjoy what life has to offer…
See The Lost Daughter on Netflix
Elisa and Marcelaby Isabel Coixet, on Netflix
Iberian romances are rarely talked about, and yet the Spaniards are not the last when it comes to appealing to great feelings.
The proof with the delicate whole Elisa and Marcela by director Isabel Coixet, inspired by a true story.
That of a Galician named Elisa Sanchez Loriga who pretends to be a man in order to marry the one she loves madly, Marcela Gracia Ibeas.
A film that is too little known and yet deserves all the attention of the public.
Just as it has won the favor of several major festivals, including the Berlinale where it was nominated for the Golden Bear (please), the Grand Jury Prize, and the Silver Bear for Best Director.
A lesbian romancewhich paints an intimate portrait ofe nuanced, complex and exciting women.
To look at Elisa and Marcela on Netflix
The Exchange, by Clint Eastwood, to see on Netflix
Los Angeles, 1928. One morning, Christine says goodbye to his son Walter and goes to work. When she comes home, this one has disappeared. A frantic search ensues.
A few months later, a nine-year-old boy claiming to be Walter is returned to him. Christine takes him home. But deep down, she knows he is not her son.
period film with the costumes and the grandiose sets, chilling thriller with a thousand twists, pamphlet against child abuse and against sexism… The exchange is probably one of the best movies available on NetflixAll categories.
If he won his place in this selection of feminist films, it is above all for the performance of Angelina Jolie, absolutely fascinating in this role of mother too determined than resilient. Diving into the deeply sexist worlds of policeof the justice and some medicineChristine will have to face a number of lies, shenanigans and obstacles separating her from her son. The exchange shows in particular how “madness” is used as a weapon disqualifying the words and actions of women.
We prefer not to tell you too much, so as not to spoil anything this moving and exciting film. Emotions, anger and tears guaranteed.
To look at The exchange on Netflix
Feminists, what were they thinking? by Johanna Demetrakas, to see on Netflix
To know where we are goingit is better to know Where we come from.
This is one of the reasons why the feminist archive are precious. Precisely, this documentary available on Netflix gives them pride of place. Director Johanna Demetrakas offers an immersion in the women’s movement of the 1970s in the United States.
The big advantage of the film is that it is partly illustrated with photographs by Cynthia MacAdams. Known for her black and white shots, this American photographer has captured the portraits of many feminists, being particularly attentive to their gaze. “I was looking for women who had strength and gentleness in the eyes “she writes in one of her books
On the program of the documentary: archives showing, for example, “home economics” lessons, where you learn to cook and take care of a baby, many testimonials referring in particular women in the film industry or afrofeminism.
Fed to heterosexuality, lesbianism saved me
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