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Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman (2007)



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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.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

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
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008
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.

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

September 6, 2007
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?

Full Review… | July 6, 2007
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'...

Full Review… | July 5, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman

Painful....oh the pain!!! This doc was so bad that I registered here just to warn others. I'm pretty forgiving, too. I don't usually mind a bad movie. Experience. I know not to watch it again. A more apt title for this film would be "Flying: Confessions of a Self Important Whiner." With the most obnoxiously nasal voice-overs of all time, Jennifer Fox opens with a chronical of her asking friends of various cultural backgrounds, which she stresses absurdly (ex: "So I went to visit my [i]Egyptian[/i] friend..."), to sympathize and absolve her when her married lover's wife finds out about them. The powerful irony is that she doesn't seem to recognize, at any point (and it was a long hour), her role in the victimization of another woman, though at one point she acknowledges that the affair did complicate [i]her[/i] life. I mean, it's so inconvenient, right? Then she embarks on efforts to have a baby, made difficult by some unseen and wise force. Finally, her grandmother dies, and she moves into a new place within her family. She is seen shopping for hideous hats with her mother and aunt, marveling in the same nasal, maybe-a-little-slow voice-over that perhaps she has finally grown up. There was absolutely no value for anyone but her in this shameful display of what she appears to believe is her own forward thought on modern femininty.

Stephine Reagh
Stephine Reagh

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