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Women take the lead

Tired of the lack of female protagonists on screen? Here are the films that do the great job of spotlighting the sex whose stories you often hear less of.

Dark Places

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Cast: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz
 
The corpses of a mother and two of her daughters are discovered on a secluded farm in Kansas. The sole witness to this incident is the youngest daughter, 7-year old Libby who points to her brother, Ben, as the murderer. 25 years later, an unemployed Libby is approached by the members of “The Kill Club,” an amateur group of crime investigators who propose to pay her in exchange for her story. At her wit’s end, Libby accepts the offer and starts recollecting what she calls her “dark place.” But when it comes to memory, what is real and what is fiction?

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Madonna

Driector: Shin Su-won
Cast: Seo Young-hee

When we meet Mi-na (her real name), she’s a young, pregnant and brain dead woman who has literally been found beaten to a pulp by a spillway. Also meeting her for the first time is Hye-rim, Seo Young-hee’s troubled nurse assistant who has been charged with a withered corporate head who is being kept alive by his greedy son. Mi-na has the heart the comatose CEO needs and the son tasks Hye-rim with securing the necessary signatures to proceed, and thus we delve into Madonna’s past.

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Ride

Director: Helen Hunt
Cast: Helen Hunt, Brenton Thwaites

A mother and child grow up together. The Korean subheading of this film is “Journey to self.” Working mom Jackie (Helen Hunt), who lives in New York finds out that her son Angelo (Brenton Thwaites) has dropped out of school, and goes to look for him in LA. The movie follows Jackie on her unexpected summer vacation to Los Angeles. As the audience can surmise from the title, Jackie is on a ride find herself during her travels. The film features plenty of sea vistas and surfing, which can be a breath of fresh air for audiences of this summer flick. Helen Hunt plays the lead and directs this film.

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Woman in Gold

Director: Simon Curtis
Cast: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds

Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), an elderly Jewish survivor of World War II, sues the Austrian government for the return of artwork the Nazis stole from her family.

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