Thursday, January 14, 2016
THE LAW and PERIOD.NEW PARAGRAH New York Jewish Film Festival 2016
In 1974 French health minister Simone Veil is given the task of passing a law legalizing abortion.
This is a French TV movie made to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the passage of the law. While the film largely focuses on Simone Veil and her battle to get the law passed despite heavy opposition, the film also follows the work of a young woman who is a journalist who is trying to make people aware of not having abortion as an option. The film focuses on three crucial days in the fight.
A good, if overly talky and weirdly polemical film, THE LAW puts its audience into the battle for control of the reproductive rights of women in France. It moves like the wind and if the film is a little bit too preachy, it over comes its short comings by giving us characters to care about and much to ponder.
Portrait of Herb Kramer an 85 year old lawyer who is closing down his law firm done by his daughter.
Loving look at a man who never thought he'd retire but who has been forced to partly by illness but largely by the fact that he can no longer make the money needed to maintain the office space he has had for the last 40 years.
This is a nice little film.
The two films play together January 18th at the Walter Reade. For tickets and more information go here.