When we are faced with the “dilemma” of which film to see, we don’t usually ask ourselves if men or women predominate in the cast. To determine our choice is above all the plot. However, there are some unmissable female interpretations. Roles expressly written by and for women.
Leaving the more commercial film circuit, we can find some female interpretations with which to delight, grow and empathize. In this sense, we could say that the pleasure lies in the variety, as much in the theme, as in the era or in the type of narrative.
Below, we will try to offer an interesting compendium, a list of different and impactful films, in which women play a leading role and act in a noteworthy way.
4 female interpretations that leave their mark
The Ciociara of Vittorio de Sica
Italian neorealism gives us this immense film which, with excellent interpretations and a story based on real facts, always manages to make the viewer’s skin crawl. The film is based on a book by Alberto Moravia who, in 1943, settled in southern Italy, where he learned of the cruelties carried out by those who should have been part of the allied forces, charged with freeing the people from the barbarity of the National Socialism, or more commonly Nazism.
In one of the most shameful and sadistic operations in military history, General Alphonse Juin ordered his French troops, known as “los Goumiers”, to decide for themselves and do what they wanted in the territories already reclaimed by the allied forces.
The troops understood “this order” as a gift and carried out extremely cruel works. There were many Italian women who suffered these atrocities. To bring his story to the big screen, Vittorio de Sica saw in Sophia Loren the perfect actress to give life and show the viewer all the suffering that women lived in this terribly cruel context.
Christiane F. – We, the guys from Uli Edel ‘s Berlin Zoo
This cult German film is based on the autobiographical tale by Vera Christiane Felscherinow, entitled Christiane F. – Noi, the boys of the Berlin zoo in Italian . Vera continues to arouse great interest in her country and this film, based on her autobiography, is one of the most prominent and successful stories about heroin addiction and the different ways in which it can be consumed.
Among the female interpretations that have marked the story, we remember that of the very young actress Natja Brunckhorst, who is more than convincing for the naturalness with which she plays the protagonist: a 13-year-old girl who is motivated only by the music of David Bowie, by the affection of his sister and from frequenting more and more often the trendy club in Berlin where the boy she likes usually goes.
A story that shows us how an innocent youth can be transported towards the most brutal and merciless consumption of heroin, which can come to snatch the life of an entire generation of young people. David Bowie was so interested in the novel that he agreed to act in the film, thus putting the icing on the cake to this work.
Letter from an unknown woman by Max Ophüls
Already in the introduction we alluded to the possibility of going through any type of film genre and era in search of the best female interpretations. In this sense, the cinema of the golden age of Hollywood could not be missing and this film is one of its flagships. It speaks to us of the most platonic and idealized love possible, without it reaching saturation in any moment and, therefore, there is the danger that the viewer may get tired.
Actress Joan Fontaine is splendid in her role and proves, once again, her interpretative restraint, which has nothing to do with conveying the image of a foolish woman. Her character, Lisa, is so authentic and dreamy that she gets to confuse one for the other, without however coming to confabulate a false story at any time. Talk about a short love, but that will be the love of his life and his memories.
Joan Fontaine in this story embodies a woman of great personality. He thinks he does not deserve the love he receives, but he does not discredit himself for this; rather try to move on and live as an independent woman.
Monster by Patty Jenkins
This film stages the true story of Aileen Wuornos, an American serial killer. In the film she is played by an unrecognizable Charlize Theron, in one of the best female interpretations in the history of cinema that has left audiences and critics speechless.
Alieen Lee is a prostitute marked by a series of events that have deeply undermined her self-esteem. Her mother was raped by a friend of her father and, at the age of 15, she is abandoned with the hope that a good person will take pity and love her.
The future, however, holds nothing but teasing because of her unsightly appearance, accentuated by some childhood burns. Alieen increasingly neglects her physical appearance, becomes alcoholic and prostitutes herself, leaving many of her clients to denigrate and insult her.
One evening he meets Selby, played by Christina Ricci, a young lesbian who spends a season at her uncles’ house, in the same place where Alieen lives. On this occasion they establish a good relationship and then a love story begins which, initially, is characterized by confusion about their feelings.
It conveys the idea that everyone in the world deserves an opportunity, but this same world is populated by real monsters of the heart, which end up driving the most vulnerable souls crazy, to the point of making them understand only revenge . This film is unpredictable, exciting and, in its narration, there is an invitation to understand how the circumstances of life irremediably affect our character.