A student researches women's orgasms in Polish series Sexify.

New Shows + Movies By Women — April 30, 2021

Series from Poland and Sweden join two new films from the U.S. this week. Let’s dive straight in:


Sexify (Netflix)
co-directed by Kalina Alabrudzinska

A student needs to design a new app for a competition. She decides women’s sexuality is rarely focused on. Her app will help women learn about and optimize their orgasms. Of course, this brings her into conflict with her more socially conservative family, friends, and the university itself.

As a Polish series, the show comes at an interesting time – when women’s rights are being severely repressed in Poland.

Kalina Alabrudzinska has chiefly worked as an assistant director, and branched out as writer-director with the 2019 feature film “Nothing is Lost”. She directs here with Piotr Domalewski.

You can watch “Sexify” on Netflix.

Backstrom (Acorn TV)
half directed by Amanda Adolfsson

Evert Backstrom is a self-centered detective who encounters an impossible murder. A skull has been discovered on an uninhabited island, and the victim appears to have been shot. The only problem is that this is the second time she’s died – on opposite sides of the world.

In something of a reversal, the Swedish book series was first adapted as a U.S. series in 2015, as a vehicle for Rainn Wilson. It didn’t last long, but the Swedish version looks decidedly less comedic.

You can watch “Backstrom” on Acorn TV.


Things Heard & Seen (Netflix)
co-directed by Shari Springer Berman

An artist moves to the Hudson Valley in the hope of new inspiration. She develops suspicions about her marriage that mirror the strange history of her new home. Amanda Seyfried and James Norton star. The film is based on the novel “All Things Cease to Appear” by Elizabeth Brundage.

Shari Springer Berman writes and directs with her husband Robert Pulcini. The pair were nominated for an Oscar in 2004 for adapting the screenplay to “American Splendor”, and an Emmy in 2011 for directing “Cinema Verite”.

You can watch “Things Heard & Seen” on Netflix.

Golden Arm (VOD)
directed by Maureen Bharoocha

A truck driver recruits her best friend to compete in the National Ladies Arm Wrestling Championship.

Director Maureen Bharoocha has worked just about every job there is in the film industry, from editor to cinematographer, and most recently a segment director on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.

See where to rent “Golden Arm”.

Take a look at new shows + movies by women from past weeks.

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