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We understand that some film enthusiasts may not be ready to return to the theater. You can enjoy quality independent films at home while still supporting the Rehoboth Beach Film Society by watching the films below.
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Streaming Film - The Good Traitor
“The Good Traitor” is a thrilling biographical drama based on the true story of Denmark's unsung hero and ambassador to the U.S during World War II.
Denmark is invaded by Nazi Germany with demands for immediate and unconditional surrender. The government surrenders after a few hours and begins cooperating with the Nazis. On the other side of the Atlantic is Denmark's ambassador to the United States of America, a daredevil and a man of the world - Henrik Kauffmann, who is willing to put everything on the line. He refuses to follow the German directives and engineers a rebellious plan to defeat Hitler and give the Danish people their freedom back. [2020, Denmark, 110 min, Rated: NR, In English and Danish with English subtitles].
Streaming Film - Amundsen: The Greatest Expedition
“Amundsen: The Great Expedition” is an enthralling drama based on the true story of the well-known polar explorer.
Roald Amundsen’s dream of reaching the North Pole haunts him throughout his life. He is obsessed with the idea of discovering the last unchartered lands of the world. While he wins the race against Robert Scott to becomes the first man ever to conquer the South Pole, Amundsen will sacrifice everything to be the first to explore the icy wastelands of the North Pole. [2019, Norway, 110 min, Rated: NR, Norwegian with English subtitles].
Trevor Johnson of “Radio Times” writes, “Handsomely mounted and facilitated by polished visual effects.”
Streaming Film - Adam
“Adam,” is an intimate drama about two women each trapped by their own destiny, who seek refuge in flight and denial.
Abla runs a modest local bakery from her home in Casablanca where she lives alone with her 8-year-old daughter Warda. Their routine of housework and homework is interrupted one day by a knock on the door. It is Samia, a young woman looking for a job and a roof over her head. The little girl is immediately taken with the newcomer, but her mother initially refuses to allow a pregnant stranger into their home. Gradually, however, Abla’s resolve softens and Samia’s arrival begins to offer all of them the prospect of a new life. The film world-premiered at the 2019 Cannes Festival and represented Morocco at the 2020 Oscars. [2020, Morocco, 98 min, Rated: NR, Arabic with English subtitles].
“Variety” writes, “A beautifully made, character-driven little gem that knows when and how to touch all the right buttons.” “Awards Daily” pens, “’Adam’ resonates through this profound depiction of female solidarity, opening up a necessary dialogue about women in oppressive societies with compelling grace and heartfelt empathy”
Streaming Film - Keep an Eye Out
“Keep An Eye Out” is a surreal comedy about an intense and suspenseful police interrogation.
Fugain has just found a body. For Superintendent Buron, charged with taking his statement, Fugain is also the prime suspect. The questioning lasts all night, becoming an interminable head-to-head, bordering on the absurd. [2018, France, 73 min, Rated: NR, French with English subtitles].
Sophie Rosemont of “Rolling Stone” remarks, “A well-executed dark comedy, which navigates between tension, suspense and humor.” Jordan Mintzer of “The Hollywood Reporter” writes, “Like Dupieux's other movies ‘Keep an Eye Out” is chock full of bizarre happenings that don't really add up to much, but are nonetheless well orchestrated and amusing to watch.”
Streaming Film - Falling
“Falling” is a powerful drama about a difficult father-son relationship. The film stars Oscar nominated actor Viggo Mortensen who is also the writer, director and producer.
When 80-year-old independent farmer Willis (played by Lance Henriksen) travels to Los Angeles for an indefinite stay with son John (Mortensen) and his family, two very different worlds collide. Mentally declining, Willis' abrasiveness is both caustic and funny, bringing old wounds from the past and years of mutual mistrust to the surface that boil over into a climactic finale. [2020, US, 112 min, Rated: R].
Peter Bradshaw of “Guardian” says, “A very substantial achievement.” Sebastian Zavala Kahn of “Ventana Indiscreta” writes, “A remarkable directorial debut for Viggo Mortensen, and a highly personal project that boasts top-notch performances.”
Viggo Mortensen has spent his career fashioning vivid portraits of conflicted, complex characters—now he has written and directed a film that provides uncannily rich roles not only for himself but also a truly gifted ensemble. In "Falling," Mortensen stars as John, a Los Angeles urbanite who returns to the family farm—a place to which he long ago cut his emotional ties. He’s there to relocate his estranged father, Willis (Lance Henriksen), who is in the early stages of dementia. The old man’s stubborn resistance, born of a hardscrabble life in the Heartland, is made no easier by the fact that John arrives with his husband and daughter. Mortensen’s gentle script humanely guides his characters through their various self-discoveries—but by far the biggest surprise here is 80-year-old Henriksen, veteran of some 260 movies and TV shows, who bursts onto the screen as a where-have-you-been-all-our-lives revelation.
Streaming Film - The Food Club
“The Food Club” is an uplifting comedy-drama that follows three Danish friends who find a new lease on life.
Marie recently found herself abandoned on Christmas Eve by her husband and has been falling apart ever since. Berling has been the eternal “bachelorette” who outwardly denies her age and lives the sweet life; all seems perfect until we find out about her complicated relationship with her daughter. Vanja is still living in the past and has never been able to move on from her late husband. The lifelong girlfriends decide to travel to Italy together to attend a cooking course in Puglia where they each find the opportunity to redefine themselves and acknowledge that the most important thing in life is their friendship and that it’s never too late to live a more fulfilling life. [2020, Italy, 100 min, Rated: R, Danish with English Subtitles,].
Peter Bradshaw of “Guardian” says, “Delightful film that defies stereotypes and plugs the central message behind the recent tsunami of films for and about the older demo - that it's never too late to hit refresh on life and get the most out of what remains of it.”
Streaming Film - RUTH - Justice Ginsberg In Her Own Words
“RUTH - Justice Ginsburg in her Own Words.” is a galvanizing documentary that tells the remarkable story of the life and career of the woman known as the notorious RBG.
The film, directed by Academy Award winning Director Freida Lee Mock (“Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision”), chronicles Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's historic ascent to the Supreme Court. It reveals both the public and private sides of the resilient, tenacious, and unassuming woman who became best known as the country's preeminent defender of gender equality and human rights.
The documentary is designed as an immersive experience through the direct words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a professor, advocate, Judge and Justice; the use of evocative animation and intimate illustrations to visualize complex constitutional cases; by the insights of colleagues who have directly worked with or have been impacted by her forty years as a legal icon; and by using a rich original score by a Grammy winning composer Lili Haydn of the band Opium Moon. [2019, US, 89 min, Rated: NR].
It would seem impossible that, on the heels of the worshipful 2018 Oscar-nominated documentary RBG and the adoring biopic On The Basis of Sex, there would be much more to say about the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on screen. Still, making use of rare film and audio clips, five-time Oscar-nominated documentarian Freida Lee Mock has nurtured a distinctively intimate portrait of the late justice. What’s more, pushing beyond Ginsburg’s own compelling narrative, Mock spends thoughtful time with women whose lives would have been, quite simply, unthinkable without Ginsburg’s pioneering career.
Streaming Film - Twilight's Kiss (Suk Suk)
“Twilight’s Kiss” is an award-winning sensitive drama that studies the subtle day-to-day moments of two men as they struggle between conventional morals and their personal desires in their twilight years.
Despite years of societal and personal pressure, Pak, a 70-year-old taxi driver who refuses to retire, and Hoi, a 65-year-old retired single father are proud of the families they have created through hard work and determination. Yet, when they meet, something that had been suppressed for so many years is unleashed in them. As the two fall in love they contemplate a possible future together. The film paints a delicate picture of the lives and issues of identity that the two men face. It captures with a warm gaze the joy of life, sympathy and solidarity, passion and suffering, and the subtle play of emotions they experience.
The film won multiple awards at numerous US film festivals including Best Narrative Feature (Wicked Queer Boston LGBT Film Festival 2020). [2019, Hong Kong, 92 min, Rated: NR, in Cantonese with English subtitles].
Elizabeth Kerr of “Hollywood Reporter” concurs, “A rare, mature gay romance with plenty on its mind.” Alissa Simon of “Variety” says, “Strong performances by veterans Tai Bo and Ben Yuen make the protagonists' struggle concrete and affecting.”
Streaming Film - Two of Us
“Two of Us” is a mesmerizing romance-drama about love and aging.
Two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, have been secretly in love for decades. Everybody, including Madeleine’s family, thinks they are simply neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, enjoying the affection and pleasures of daily life together, until an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down and leads Madeleine’s daughter to gradually unravel the truth about them. [2020, France, 95 min, Rated: NR, French with English subtitles].
“Variety Magazine” writes, ““Quietly groundbreaking. Entirely unique and uniquely vital.” David Rooney of “Hollywood Reporter” says, “This is a smart movie that starts from a relatively simple yet captivating premise and then steadily gains in complexity as it develops.”
As a bonus, customers can enjoy a pre-recorded, post-film discussion between writer/director Filippo Meneghetti, star Barbara Sukowa, and international film icon Isabelle Huppert, exclusive to virtual cinema.
In this most unusual and affecting love story/psychological drama from France, two retired women (Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevalier) find their secret, decades-long love affair is torn asunder by a sudden medical emergency. That results in the arrival of a stern nurse (Léa Drucker) in whose brusque hands the situation morphs from simply heartbreaking to maddeningly bitter. Director/cowriter Filippo Meneghetti isn’t interested in painting a Love-Conquers-All color-by-number Hallmark film: the women’s passion and pain are magnified by the permanence of change.
Streaming Film - Love Sarah
“Love Sarah,” is a warm-hearted romantic drama that sets three friends on an against-all-odds quest.
Determined to fulfill her late mother's dream of opening a bakery in charming Notting Hill, 19-year-old Clarissa enlists the help of her mother's best friend Isabella and her eccentric estranged grandmother Mimi. These three generations of women will need to overcome grief, doubts and differences to honor the memory of their beloved Sarah while embarking on a journey to establish a London bakery filled with love, hope and colorful pastries from all over the world. [2020, England, 97 min, Rated: NR].
Tom Beasley of “VultureHound” remarks, “A charmingly romanticized note of affection for London and, specifically, for the delicate joy of exquisite cakes. You can't say lovelier than that.” Jim Schembri of “jimschembri.com” says, “An undemanding, unpretentious little charmer about family, community bonding and later life romance.”
Streaming Film - Identifying Features
“Identifying Features” is a compelling drama about a woman who tries to find her son's whereabouts after he leaves Mexico to find work in the United States.
Middle-aged Magdalena (Mercedes Hernandez) has lost contact with her son after he took off with a friend from their town of Guanajuato to cross the border into the U.S. Desperate to find out what happened to him - and to know whether or not he’s even alive - she embarks on an ever-expanding and increasingly dangerous journey to discover the truth. At the same time, a young man named Miguel (David Illescas) has returned to Mexico after being deported from the U.S., and eventually his path converges with Magdalena’s. From this simple but urgent premise, director Fernanda Valadez has crafted a lyrical, suspenseful slow burn, equally constructed of moments of beauty and horror, and which leads to a startling, shattering conclusion. Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Audience and Screenplay Awards at the Sundance Film Festival. [2020, Mexico, 94 min, Rated: NR, Spanish with English subtitles].
Anjana Janardhan of “Sight & Sound” writes, “Combines stunning cinematography, evocative sound design and hints of magical realism to create a visionary work of devastating power." Ricardo Gallegos of “La Estatuilla” exclaims, “A masterpiece and an indispensable tale of violence and migration that portrays the harsh reality in Mexico.”
Streaming Film - Some Kind of Heaven
“Some Kind of Heaven,” is an acclaimed documentary that offers an inside look into America’s largest retirement community.
Behind the gates of a palm tree-lined fantasyland, four residents of the massive, self-contained utopia, The Villages, FL, (known as “Disneyland for Retirees”) strive to find solace and meaning in their search for the American dream. With strikingly composed cinematography, this candy-colored film offers a tender and surreal look at the never-ending quest for finding meaning and love in life’s final act. [2020, USA, 83 min, Rated: NR].
Beandrea July of “The Hollywood Reporter” writes, “DREAMY. A myth busting character study.” Dennis Harvey of “Variety” says, “Those nostalgic for the fond portraits of eccentric Americana in Errol Morris’ early work - and pretty much everyone else - will be delighted by ‘Some Kind of Heaven’.”
In his take-no-prisoners deep dive into the life and times of The Villages in central Florida, documentarian Lance Oppenheim offers this poignant cinematic reassurance that many of us made the right choice in retiring here instead of there. Lured by promises of latter-day Nirvana, the sprawling retirement community’s golf cart-driving denizens seem unusually susceptible to letting others get under their briefcase-like skin. There’s drug abuse, there’s marital discord…and there’s the guy who’s living in his van waiting to find just the right rich widow to take him in.
Streaming Film - Acasa, My Home
“Acasa, My Home”, is a compelling documentary seen through the eyes of a family trying to adapt to a new lifestyle.
In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, nine children and their parents lived in perfect harmony with nature for 20 years until they are chased out and forced to adapt to life in the big city. Radu Ciorniciuc’s heartbreaking debut is a thoughtful study of gentrification. Is it better to go back to their “paradise lost,” with its life free yet harsh, or to become part of the society that offers comforts but comes with pressures and conflict? [2019, Romania, 86 min, Rated: NR, Romanian with English subtitles].
Gary M. Kramer of “Film International” writes, “Ciornicuic quietly, shrewdly makes his case for his subject[s]. He shows their dignity even if the greater society disagrees with how they want to live...It is a remarkable portrait of a family in transition.” Sheri Linder of “Hollywood Reporter” remarks, “A memorable variation on a timeless theme.”
Streaming Film - Savage State
“Savage State,” is a western drama and introspective tale of survival.
When the American Civil War in 1861 breaks out, a family of French settlers must abandon their Missouri home to flee and go back to Paris. They're escorted by a former mercenary gunslinger who’s troubled past soon catches up with him. [2019, Canada, 148 min, Rated: NR, French with English subtitles]
Hunter Heilman of “Elements of Madness” writes, “’Savage State’ creates the world of the American Frontier that feels both grounded and dream-like, as if put through the soft haze of a distant memory. It’s all stunning to watch unfold.”