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Flying: Confessions of A Free Woman

Flying: Confessions of A Free Woman (2007)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
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Nearly two decades after her Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Beirut: The Last Home Movie, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox delivered this intensely personal six-hour film. Jumping off from her own life experiences, Fox broadens her scope to all women, exploring topics ranging from career to motherhood to monogamy. Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman premiered at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Nov 11, 2008

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It takes tremendous courage to expose one's life to the camera as Fox does here, and while she answers few of the universal (to women, anyway) questions she raises, at least she's asking them.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Comments (2)
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There are times when Fox's nervy endeavor to combine art and life obliges one to give way to the other, but her efforts and reflections throughout are riveting.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Despite [director] Fox's excruciating level of self-involvement, she manages, more than once, to lay bare critical questions that are at once familiar and compelling.

September 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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As maddening and sometimes embarrassing as her approach is, it works.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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How would you like to be stuck in a dark room for hour upon hour listening to a neurotic middle-aged woman complain about her love life?

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Fox is breaking new ground in terms of personal documentary, turning a navel-gazing survey of her own midlife crisis into a globalized, collaboratively created exploration of 'this new female life'...

July 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Using her personal quest for a meaningful relationship and a family as an ongoing point of reference, Jennifer Fox delves into the complex subject of what women around the world want from their lives and loves.

June 27, 2009 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

Goodby rebel lifestyle, free love and recreational hot sex, hello conventional midlife crisis.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Over the six hours spent with Fox as she jets around the globe, a picture emerges, not only of a modern woman contemplating herself, but of Western society boasting of its freedom to a world struggling for mere survival.

April 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

I'd mark how effective Flying is by the fact that I'm under no obligation to watch the rest of the series, but I'm eager to do so.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Seinfeld on estrogen... if Seinfeld had dared to be about something...

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

What keeps the film interesting, though, is not Fox's "torn between two lovers" shtick, but her encounters with various other women.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

In the end this very personal journey becomes a valuable universal document from which we can all learn about the way women live today.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Flying falls short of being an extraordinary film, but remains a dignified and absorbing chronicle.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A mosaic of experience and endeavor reconsidered as human (in this case, very much female) experiment.

July 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeler

Curiously, like a compelling cross of Annie Hall and Erica Jong, it is the globetrotting Fox who emerges as the most empathetic and elegant figure by film's end, in spite of her warts-and-all confessional style.

July 5, 2007 Full Review Source: EURWeb
EURWeb

While it might have taken [director Jennifer Fox] several years to figure out what to do, any intelligent audience could do it in 90 minutes. But even if it were shorter, it wouldn't improve the lazy filmmaking.

January 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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