The search for quality entertainment often takes us to cinemas and theatres, but sometimes the comfort of our home becomes a scene of cinematic discovery. Streaming platform Netflix revamped its catalog this week, and some titles stand out for their uniqueness and ability to attract viewers. For those who appreciate the fun of a new debut, but also value the calm that surrounds them, the following selection promises to be a compelling alternative.
This week, Netflix welcomes a variety of genres to its lineup, from biographical drama to thriller. Naiad (2023), directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, immerses us in the incredible story of human resistance and determination. The unique and compelling perspective of Mélanie Laurent’s Thieves (2023) challenges the conventions of the crime genre, while director Tom Zimny’s Sly (2023) is an intimate picture that promises more than a simple trail report. Completing the selection, Robin Wright’s “M Lugar” (2021) invites us on a journey of contemplation and personal overcoming in a stunning natural setting.
These premieres, all available without leaving home, are options that embrace the diversity and richness of contemporary cinema. By choosing to stay in the comfort of home this weekend, viewers will be able to immerse themselves in narratives carefully selected to inspire, excite and entertain.
Thieves (2023) by Mélanie Laurent
Two women from different fields find themselves intertwined with fate in the hustle and bustle of a French city, where they practice the sophisticated art of theft. As an unlikely team, they weave a series of heists with a combination of ingenuity and cleverness. The plot unfolds with the thrill of escape and the lure of acquired treasure, touching on themes of camaraderie and the struggle to remain beyond the reach of the law. The story develops into a tense chase, constantly challenging what seems viable, and intertwined with twists and turns that capture your attention. At the heart of this exciting confrontation with time is a meditation on the longing for freedom and place in the world, which resonates with viewers long after the climax.
Niaad (2023), by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chen
In an act of resistance, a veteran swimmer sets out to cross the strait between Cuba and the United States, a challenge that transcends age and physical ability. Expression reveals itself as an exercise in perseverance and a refusal to surrender to traditionally accepted limits. With each stroke, facing water full of natural obstacles, a personal story of overcoming emerges. Facing currents and dangers, the protagonist faces the blue space with memories and fears in his mind, while the camera captures the scale of the sea and the intimacy of the inner battle, symbolizing the adversities overcome throughout life.
Foxy (2023), written by Tom Zimny
The story of a cultural icon emerges, tracing the path of an artist whose remarkable influence continues. The documentary examines the complex life of Sylvester Stallone, marked by triumphs and struggles against personal and professional adversity. Through archival material and exclusive interviews, the film strikes a balance between celebrating talent and criticizing the dangers of stardom. The artist’s charisma and innovation are juxtaposed with his moments of fragility, presenting a multifaceted portrait of a figure whose significance remains vibrant.
Place (2021) by Robin Wright
The woman seeks refuge in the tranquility of the mountains, confronts the majesty and intensity of nature, and searches for peace away from the hustle and bustle of modern times. Isolation becomes a refuge and a reflection of their inner battles, leading to an introspective journey. As they adapt to the wild environment, they encounter animals and the echoes of their past. The narrative unfolds with a calmness that mimics natural cycles, encouraging deep thought in the viewer. In this remote environment, the film visually contemplates the essence of living in harmony with the surrounding environment.
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