Carmen

critic Reviews

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    Noel MurrayLos Angeles Times
    Natascha McElhone is a wonder in writer-director Valerie Buhagiar’s charming dramedy “Carmen,” a film about a long-overlooked woman who finally comes out of her shell and puts a lifetime of silent observations to use.
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    Marjorie BaumgartenAustin Chronicle
    The final warm embrace of the people who had previously scorned Carmen wraps the film in a feel-good ending that rewards the viewer’s concern for her general welfare and erases the sting of the repressive and patriarchal customs.
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    Teo BugbeeNew York Times
    In a movie where the central theme is a divorce from orthodoxy, the writer and director Valerie Buhagiar makes the wise decision to orient her film toward what’s pleasurable rather than what’s logical.
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    Robert DenersteinDenerstein Unleashed
    Buhagiar can't paper over all the screenplay's implausibilities and McElhone's performance probably deserved a richer movie. Still, Carmen, set in the 1980s, can be viewed as a pleasing tribute to a woman with fortitude enough to find a new life.
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    Frederic and Mary Ann BrussatSpirituality & Practice
    Jubilant movie about a middle-aged woman who has spent her life serving the church and finds a new more fulfilling way forward.
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    Raquel StecherQuelle Movies
    Eat Pray Love (2010) meets Corpus Christi (2019) in this tender drama about a middle-aged woman reclaiming her life after years of service in the church.
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    Daniel M. KimmelNorth Shore Movies
    An engaging performance by Natascha McElhone in the title role makes CARMEN worth a look. Set in Malta in the 1980s, it’s the story of a repressed middle-aged woman who gets the opportunity to reinvent herself.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    British actress Natascha McElhone shines alongside the sun-drenched Maltese scenery in this slight yet evocative tale of redemption and empowerment.
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    Liam LaceyOriginal Cin
    A playful crowd-pleasing tale of mid-life liberation, the Malta-set fable stars Natasha McElhone as a woman who rebels against the religious patriarchy.
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    Noah BerlatskyWealth of Geeks
    The film manages to be effective thanks to the breathtaking cinematography and a marvelous performance by Natascha McElhone in the title role.
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