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      American Woman

      R 2019 1h 25m Drama List
      57% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 22% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings A 25-year-old former radical agrees to take care of three fugitives who are on the run. One of them, a kidnapped granddaughter of a wealthy man, becomes a national celebrity for embracing her captors and joining their revolutionary cell. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Johanna Schneller Globe and Mail Writer/director Semi Chellas, making her feature debut... [is]'s not afraid to whisper big questions, to make space for small, beautiful moments (pelicans!), or to keep things quietly tense. Because even a slow simmer eventually boils over. Rated: 3/4 Sep 7, 2019 Full Review Kimber Myers The Playlist American Woman is as nondescript and invisible as its in-hiding subjects try and appear to the public. Rated: C May 8, 2019 Full Review Caryn James Hollywood Reporter The film is lively and detailed enough so it is never boring, but it never takes off dramatically or realizes its intriguing possibilities either. May 1, 2019 Full Review Aaron Charles InSession Film Missteps do not wholly ruin the experience. This is a strong film... Rated: B May 10, 2024 Full Review Richard Crouse Richard Crouse American Woman is a movie that values words. Some may find the storytelling a bit too low key for such an explosive subject, but the performances, particularly Chau, give the story layers. Rated: 3/5 Jan 29, 2021 Full Review Carla Hay Culture Mix Viewers will have a hard time believing that these outlaws are so passionate about their cause ... because the movie portrays them as lethargic. Jul 11, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Unnerving but never engaging. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/07/24 Full Review Audience Member A different and fresh spin on an all to familiar story that is definitely a slow burner. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review john s ON THE LAM 1974, post flower power America was rocked by the confounding, headline hogging tale of billionaire daughter turned radical revolutionary Patty Hearst. Her Che Guevera pose in front of the Symbionese Liberation Flag, totally rocking a chic beret, army fatigues and machine gun, became the poster of choice for anti fascist revolutionaries. The evocative, is she or isn't she? Stockholm syndrome question death gripped an ogling Nation. Great story, perfect movie fodder, except here it merely serves as a background of events for an equally complex character, that of Wendy Yoshimura, herself a committed (non-violent) revolutionary, Patty babysitter, and as it turns out a future water colour artist. Sure sure, the names have been changed - to Jenny and Pauline, but this fictionalized herstory follows actual events quite closely. Focusing on a rational, dedicated and idealistic member of an inflammatory group speeding towards the flame, Jenny is as intriguing a character as the confused ex-debutante. A child of war internment camps, relegated to stereotypical servant duties that American Asians suffered through, an expert bomber, and regularly dismissed as gender inferior by chest-inflating men, Jenny is a stoic tower of strength and methodically fights through some crazy crap to get things done. Shot in seventies California browns, and acted to pinpoint perfection by Hong Chau (Ellen Burstyn is also divine), "American Woman" captures the pulse (sometimes racing, sometimes not) of an exhilarating and convoluted time when everything seemed to be on the table, by glimpsing the frustrations, hardships, and drudgery, among the idealism clashes of off the grid non-citizens. Less focused on gunplay and the sensationalized rebel life, "American Woman" deals with the inner conflicts of a diverse group on the verge of combustion, creating a quiet sense of tension in their daily, on the lam life. Viewers expecting bombast, cookie cutter action and punchy plot, will be disappointed. This is a nuance film. A slow burn. A thinker. A mood piece. And probably closer to the truth than most people would hope for. - hipCRANK Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review andrei d Are momente dar cam atat Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Surprisingly engaging. Worth watching. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/20 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A 25-year-old former radical agrees to take care of three fugitives who are on the run. One of them, a kidnapped granddaughter of a wealthy man, becomes a national celebrity for embracing her captors and joining their revolutionary cell.
      Director
      Semi Chellas
      Producer
      Christina Piovesan
      Screenwriter
      Semi Chellas
      Production Co
      Killer Films, AW Canada Films
      Rating
      R (Sexual Content|Language|Drug Use)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 2, 2019
      Runtime
      1h 25m
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