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Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman - documentary DVD / independently produced DVD review
Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating: 5 stars
Featuring: Jennifer Fox
Director: Jennifer Fox   Distributor: Alive Mind
DVD release: 11 November 2008   Runtime: 351 min. (2 discs)
Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Features: Audio tracks (English - Dolby Digital 2.0), Subtitles (English, French), Interview w/ director Jennifer Fox, Trailer

Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman is a timely documentary. Jennifer Fox, film director and star, travels the globe to find the rhythm of women's sexual relationships. Finding herself in previously unknown territory, Fox searches for an answer to her own dilemma by having discussions with other women about their own relationship problems and how they resolve them.

Flying begins with Fox's crash from modern-day, independent career woman, with a boyfriend and a lover to one who finds herself stuck between tradition and freedom. The film ends with Fox reconciling that both can exist simultaneously. Women today struggle with how to have their freedom and steady relationships. Flying documents how women today manage this conflict in six honest and often painful chapters that discussion topics like lust, children, love and abuse.

As Fox unwinds her own tangle of love, lust, and children against a background of struggling against the bonds of her mother's generational experience of marriage and children, her explorations allow her to string together a picture of how similar all women's relationships are, no matter the place or time. Throughout all six chapters runs a thread of continuity among the women's voices. They all experience that men have more power, yet they do not all experience that as bad. They all experience the problems of how to keep some freedoms and how to leave some behind in order to be in a relationship with their partner. They all agree that their mothers loved them as best they could, but that often their mothers were hard on them and their siblings, leading them to feel - like Fox - that they did not want to go through what their mothers did.

Throughout these discussions, Fox comes to terms with her mixed views of tradition, how she was raised and why, and how that helped to create in her and many modern women a rebellion away from traditional marriage roles. As she turns the camera on herself and women around the globe, all women everywhere can see the remarkable thread of similarity, hear their own stories, and understand how our modern, free womanhood is not so free. This should be required viewing for mothers and teenage daughters around the world.
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reviewed by Lucinda Tart
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