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November 25, 2022

WIFF’S WEEKEND WATCH LIST — 11/25

We’re back with your weekly recommendations, including two great films on Netflix and a whole lot of Michelle Williams. Check out our recommendations for this week!

IF YOU WANT AN INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY

THE SWIMMERS

Vincent Georgie: Selected as the Opening Night film for TIFF 2022, this is an unbelievable story of resilience, sisterhood and death-defying odds. While the Olympic story is important, it’s the refugee story that makes this film worthwhile. 

Synopsis: Two Syrian sisters flee their war-torn home in Damascus and swim for hours in choppy Mediterranean seas to reach Greece as asylum seekers before going on to compete at the Rio Olympic Games.

Watch on Netflix.

if you value the pursuit of justice

i am vanessa guillen

Vincent Georgie: This is a sobering and important true story. An impressive look inside the politics of the US military. 

Synopsis: Vanessa Guillen was 20 years old when she was found murdered at a US Army base. Rather than submit to silence, her family fought for justice and change.

Watch on Netflix.

if YOU WANT outstanding performances

last flag flying

Vincent Georgie: Criminally under-seen, the trio of lead actors here are worth the price of admission. From Writer-Director Richard Linklater.

Synopsis: Thirty years after serving together in the Vietnam War, Larry “Doc” Shepherd, Sal Nealon and the Rev. Richard Mueller reunite for a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in Iraq. Forgoing burial at Arlington National Cemetery, Doc and his old buddies take the casket on a bittersweet trip up the coast to New Hampshire. Along the way, the three men find themselves reminiscing and coming to terms with the shared memories of a war that continues to shape their lives.

Watch on iTunes.

Watch on Amazon Prime.

Watch on YouTube.

DOUBLE FEATURE

Michelle williams

The Oscar buzz is mounting for Williams’ turn in Spielberg’s THE FABELMANS. Take a look at two other films that brought her Oscar attention. These are two of her most raw and emotional performances. 

blue valentine

Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighbourhood. To the casual observer, everything appears normal, if a bit subdued. But a closer examination reveals a couple caught in a downward spiral. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in their marriage.

Watch on iTunes.

Watch on Amazon Prime.

Watch on YouTube.

manchester by the sea

After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler is shocked that Joe has made him the sole guardian of his teenage nephew Patrick. Taking leave of his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea, the fishing village where his working-class family has lived for generations. There, he is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife, Randi, and the community where he was born and raised.

Watch on iTunes.

Watch on Amazon Prime.

Watch on YouTube.

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