There are loads of brilliant movies about inspiring and strong women. However, I would like to share with you, dear reader, five of the best movies with main female characters that marked me profoundly and showed me how strong women around the globe can be.
Ma ma with Penélope Cruz. It’s about a Spanish woman, a teacher, who fights breast cancer, deals with the infidelity of her husband, finds love for the second time at an unexpected place, and dreams to be able to give birth to a girl before passing away. The biggest gift she leaves to his second husband (who lost his unique girl in a car accident), to his gynaecologist (who was hoping to adopt a girl with his ex-wife and name it Natasha, but at the end, her wife decided to leave him and not have children) and to her own son as a reminder of herself is a baby girl called Natasha. When someone dies, a new life is born. It’s a heavy movie, but unforgettable!
The next one is dedicated to a seductive, irresistibly beautiful woman who conquers men’s world with her dances. The 2016 production of Mata Hara is a must-see. The story of this dancer, lover and spy continues to intrigue us nowadays. But before the fame, she had to endure the misbehaviour of her husband who takes their daughter from her, she needed to work for a living and find a way to earn more money without selling her soul. Mata Hari is probably one of the most influential and legendary women of all times.
The third one tells the incredible story of Waris Dirie – Somalian circumcised at 3, sold in marriage at 13 girl who becomes an American model. Desert Flower is a real story of a woman who becomes famous and uses her fame as a weapon to speak up and fight against female genital mutilation, a terrible tradition in her homeland. A Beautiful movie based on a true-life story.
This list won’t be complete without Frida Khalo. The genius of this charismatic Mexican artist is recognized worldwide. But behind the bohemian artistic lifestyle is the echo of a suffering body that paralyzes her at the end of her life. Beautiful Frida, your flowers in the hair, your temperament and the cultural heritage you left inspired and will continue to inspire generations of female artists around the globe.
Not only all the inspiring movie characters I am writing about are from different backgrounds, but it looks like they are from different countries. It’s time to write about a rebellious woman from Iran who chooses to stay true to herself and to her principles, no matter the political changes in the country. In her black-and-white Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi shows through her own autobiography how difficult is to comply with rules you don’t believe in and constantly strive to freedom. Marjane Satrapi is the co-director and the main character of Persepolis.
To go further, you can also check out the books based on the real stories of the women I mentioned in my review.
Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari by Pat Shipman
Desert Flower by Waris Dirie
Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Thanks for reading!