She Attends A Bellydancing Competition, "Just Like A Woman" Review

Friendship and female bonding are fascinating themes film tends to explore on occasion. Girl power as it were, can be a a truly entertaining and meaningful topic to elevate a movie. Just Like a Woman is one such movie and it feels like a watered down, less chaotic Thelma & Louise. The women of this adventure are sexy, smart and ready to face challenges head on.

Marilyn (Sienna Miller) is a young woman in Chicago struggling with many things in her life. She takes a bellydancing class to alleviate her stress and learns of a bellydancing competition in Santa Fe. Mona (Golshifteh Farahani) is also a young woman in Chicago struggling with some issues of her own. The two women are mere acquaintances but when their lives come crashing down, they decide to join forces and drive to Santa Fe so that they can compete in the bellydancing competition together.

Just Like a Woman is a brilliant film that takes the idea of friendship and highlights its therapeutic and powerful qualities. Sienna Miller and Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies, About Elly) are electric together. Their chemistry is just so right. The film throws so many curve balls at them but as long as they stick together and stand strong, they overcome those obstacles. You don’t need to be a female to enjoy Just Like a Woman. It’s appeal is universal and its story is the stuff of pure cinematic beauty.

Blu-ray Bonus Features

The bonus features for Just Like a Woman are slim but serviceable. They consist of a picture gallery and a trailer for the film.

"Just Like a Woman" is on sale October 22, 2013 and is rated R. Adventure, Drama. Directed by Rachid Bouchareb. Written by Rachid Bouchareb, Marion Doussot, Joelle Touma. Starring Sienna Miller.

Randall Unger • Staff Writer

A product of the 1980s, his first cinematic experience was seeing Ghostbusters II with his parents at the tender age of 4. His favorite movies include the Back to the Future TrilogyJurassic Park, Batman and Glengarry Glen Ross. Tom Hanks is his idol and his second home is Comic Con.


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