Release Date: June 4th, 2007 (Film Forum) by Artistic License Films.
Directed by Jennifer Fox.
*Please Note: Separate admission for each half of the film*
BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about Jennifer Fox, a New Yorker in her forties who struggles to understand her love life.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Separated into six one-hour segments, Flying is one of the most fascinating, extensive study of a woman’s midlife crises from the perspective of her friends, family and her very own self. Jennifer Fox has two decent jobs, two loving parents and many good friends, yet she feels as if she has a void in her life. She knows that in order to fill that void, she must closely examine her relationship with men, especially given that she hasn’t settled down with anyone, like societal norms pressure her to do. However, she does have two “lovers”, namely: Kye, a married man living in South Africa who doesn’t show his face on camera, and Patrick, a cinematographer from Switzerland. She hasn’t understood her purpose in life as a woman and has yet to discover how gender roles define her as a woman. It’s quite fascinating to watch as Fox travels to many different countries to discuss with friends a wide range of provocative questions regarding femininity. Meanwhile, she occasionally includes some crucial information about her childhood and her parents, such as the fact that she was a tomboy and, at the age of 13, a teacher sexually abused her. Fortunately, this road to self-discovery never feels boring because she lets other people share their personal stories as well. Fox even includes some comic relief when a bunch of her friends in India laugh at the thought of masturbation, which they're hearing about for the first time. The musical score, at times, sounds like the music from Amelie, which is quite a well-fitting choice. By the end of Flying, you’ll not only get to know Jennifer Fox, but care about anyone going through a midlife crisis within this simply complicated world.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Fox’s self-discoveries feel very therapeutic to her as well as to others, especially female audience members. Her questions open up a can of worms which makes you think about what defines gender, love and intimacy within the context of society and . Basically, she seems like a modern Margaret Mead going through a midlife crisis. Her discoveries are universal and, above all, enlightening.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: A fascinating, therapeutic and enlightening journey. Fox is a modern Margaret Mead.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater
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