Mary Poppins Returns
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Tamarkin's point is clear: Women would do well to know their history before the future makes them regret it.
At first the doc feels like a recap as argument, unlikely to galvanize anyone. But through its haunting firsthand accounts, it becomes a wake-up call for people on both sides of the argument.
Illuminating and enraging but marred by heavy-handed aesthetics.
The message is clearly more important than how it is told.
The film's real strength, however, is revealed a bit late, in a series of stark portraits of women who have faced prosecution as they sought to take care of themselves.
The case histories are stacked to support the film's point of view, but that doesn't make them less painful.
Birthright: A War Story,... is not just about the abortion fight.
An enraging, essential documentary rundown of all the ways that women's rights, agency, and bodily autonomy are under attack in the US. It's not just about abortion.
The message is important, and Tamarkin delivers it beautifully, but it often feels like it's preaching to the choir.
Birthright is a stark look at how far the rights of half the US population have been eroded, and it should make anybody -- no matter their feelings about abortion -- sit up and take notice.
Though conventional and lacking cinematic imagination, this film is important especially for people, like one group of interviewed high schoolers, who think that Roe v. Wade was something "learned some time ago" with no application to their own lives.
A necessary, if not always well-constructed, examination of the perilous state of reproductive rights in the United States.
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