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Bobbi Jene

Bobbi Jene is a movie starring Laura Dern, Ohad Naharin, and Or Schraiber. A love story portraying the dilemmas and inevitable consequences of ambition. It is a film about a woman's fight for independence, trying to succeed with her...

Running Time
1 hours 35 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Drama, Documentary, Romance
Director
Elvira Lind
Actors
Ohad Naharin, Laura Dern, Bobbi Jene Smith, Or Schraiber
Country
Denmark, Israel, Sweden, Norway, USA
Year
2017
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

The story of Bobbi Jene Smith, a longtime dancer in Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin's Batsheva Dance Group, who is prepared to sacrifice everything for her art and stand up to anyone who does not understand or questions her passion for her craft.

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Danielle Hill

When it comes to true crime documentaries, this is hands down the best documentary about Jene's murder. The trial of Jene, is as close to a documentary as I have ever seen. Although it is not a very hard documentary, it is very well done and I would recommend it to anyone who loves true crime documentaries.

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Judith

Nora Ephron's docu-drama "Nora Ephron's New Year's Resolutions" follows the film "The Help" from the perspective of three successful women at New Year's Eve. The New Year's Resolutions, where these women compete for their gifts and the respect of others, are what lead the film into the harsh realities of being a single mom. At the beginning, we follow Nora Ephron's character, Judy Robinson, through her wedding. She is going to have the bachelor and then the millionaire, but she's having trouble choosing between the two. While Judy Robinson is having her dress picker, "Micky", she is having trouble making it through the ceremony and meeting her family. The wedding is in a matter of a day and the photographer who got all of the photos to print is having problems with his wedding planning. In the end, Judy Robinson is alone in her house with her toddler. She does not want to leave her husband, who is the man in charge of the wedding planning. While some may not be the happiest in the world, Judy's husband just refuses to believe her. Judy, with a busy schedule, does not feel that she can spend a whole day with her toddler. She leaves her son for a babysitter, not knowing if the babysitter will be able to care for the kid or not. Judy, one of the most successful women in her profession, has only one reason to go to New York, to receive the bachelor and to have a big event. For the better part of the film, the viewer is shown how each woman deals with this issue. Their relationship and how their lives intertwine with each other. Ephron's film, like her first film, "The Help", is very emotional. At times, Judy is weeping and crying with difficulty. When she makes a decision about what she wants for New Year, she is faced with a lot of anxiety. In fact, all of the women in the film are in a lot of ways are not happy. In one particular scene, a woman tells Judy she cannot afford to put her infant son in a daycare center because they charge $3,000 to $4,000 a day, but Judy says she cannot go without taking her son. In another scene, a woman makes a promise to her mother that she will buy her a present. Judy tells her she is not going to buy her a present, but she is going to go on a trip to eat with her daughter and her friend. Judy tells the mother to tell her daughter not to come along. When she leaves the scene, the mother begs Judy to stop, but she says, "I will bring her." The mothers end up talking, but as Judy says, "I will bring her." Judy eventually becomes friends with each of the women in the film. In the end, the film is a very important and emotionally heavy film that will make a viewer cry. The three women are each dealing with their own issues and each does a lot of self-assessment. For Judy, her husband's refusal to change or admit he has a problem with her leaving her son at home has become a problem for her, and her husband has a difficult time with it, too. For Nelly, her husband is her best

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Emma Aguilar

Well, I did enjoy the movie. My wife had the same feelings for the film. It was just too sad. But, it's not a movie I would go out of my way to see. It was enjoyable to watch, but it was definitely not worth a night at the movies. Some of the arguments seemed a little overdone. We have a hard time with how much must one know about the story to understand and care for a character in a movie. We don't need to know about the entire movie to understand the plot. On the other hand, we do love when we feel we have understood the plot and can focus on the characters. The acting was good. Kevin Spacey was good as usual. Jennifer Aniston was good in her role. But, I have to disagree with the reviews. The reason this movie was so sad was because of the underlying problem of drug addiction. Most of the movie was just how Jennifer was coping with her struggles, and how Kevin tried to help. That was a sad thing to see, and a depressing thing to have to sit through. But, the characters were so well cast that I didn't mind the acting. I felt that the scenes were well written. The story was a little stretched. In the end, I felt that it was just too much of a stretch to understand all the stuff that had happened. The movie was enjoyable, but it was definitely not one I would recommend to anyone.

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Jeremy

In spite of her best intentions, "Bi Jene" was a disappointment. Bi Jene's stance on abortion was not convincing. In the hands of a great filmmaker, it could have been a riveting, devastating look at the true tragedy of the terrible abortion experience. Instead, the film was a repetitive, depressing and generally worthless look into the lives of some Japanese "women." Without an understanding of the relationship between the Japanese people and their pop-culture, the film fails to enlighten the audience about the complex and unique relationships among these women and their choices about abortion. The film doesn't offer any meaningful insights into why women decide to go to abortion clinics or the obstacles the women may encounter in obtaining an abortion, aside from the low-budget camera work and the narrative telling. The film is essentially a data dump on the women's choices. The film doesn't give any insight into why any women decide to end their pregnancies or why any women have abortions. Instead, the film is a collection of the women's story without any real insights into any of the women's choices. For a filmmaker that is supposedly interested in exploring the very real tragedy of the abortion experience, this film isn't doing anything of interest to the viewer.

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Jacob

Some love this movie. Some hate it. There are many points in this movie I really like. It really felt like a documentary when I first saw it. As I watched more, it becomes apparent that the movie is meant to depict a story, and not a documentary. I also found the characters to be a little bit shallow. To me that was the opposite of what I was expecting. I actually liked the strong and complex female characters. It was difficult to take them very seriously, yet at the same time I felt they were worthy of the film. It is also difficult to take the film very seriously when you know that the movie's subject matter is actually quite controversial. Nevertheless, I believe that this is the movie that Toni Collette needed to make. She is obviously great at what she does, and I believe she has a great future. While I do not like her role in "Shall we Dance?", she was really great in this film. I also think the fact that I like this movie a lot, but I have not seen it in a long time has to be down to the fact that I am now on the younger side of life. I don't think there was a reason for me to watch this movie so long ago. I love this movie, but it has had such a great effect on me that I don't think it's a good movie anymore.

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David

Cameron Crowe, following the excellent "The Brave One", is back to the story of JFK and his long time mistress. This is a period piece and there's no information on the real-life life of the Kennedys. A little bit of historical information in the beginning of the movie is necessary for the viewer to connect with the story, but we are exposed to all of the available information and soon enough we become aware of some facts that we don't even know of or that is very likely that is not correct. I liked the movie because of the documentary and because of the interviews of "Hugh Wheeler". I like the movie because it tells a true story of a story of a very big man. I also liked the fact that JFK's family doesn't know what is going on. I guess you know the rest.

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Howard Kennedy

I just got home from watching this doc on DVD, and I'm not really sure where to start. For starters, the movie is set in Boston, Massachusetts, but it's not nearly as much of a representation of that city as a true "Boston" would be. The city that would have seemed most appropriate to use for the film, just to match the film's name, is none other than Woburn, Massachusetts. For those of you who have never been to Woburn, you would find it an interesting place to visit. I was not quite sure if I had seen Woburn or Woburn itself. The movie opens in the summer of 1962, and tells the story of a small town in Massachusetts where a high schooler named Elizabeth Short (played by Tatum) has plans to become a real estate agent. One day, while driving to school, she catches sight of an old sign on a stone wall in the distance. As she pulls up, the owner of the sign, James Newlin (played by Philip Baker Hall), politely declines Elizabeth's call. However, James asks for directions, and eventually she gets there, only to be greeted by the widow of a local mobster, Mrs. Weare (played by Julia Robert's wife, Susan). They then go to dinner, and Mrs. Weare's husband, Gerald Weare (played by Charles Grodin) reveals that he was involved in the murder of a girl, and that he has taken her body to a nearby town where it will be sold off. He also offers to sell Elizabeth short-term for a large sum of money. As Elizabeth's father, David Norton (played by Edward Herrmann), reluctantly agrees to the deal, James drives Elizabeth to the town, and she finds an old house owned by James's father, Mr. Newlin (played by Peter Boyle). Elizabeth's mother and step-father, Mary (played by Barbara Hershey) and Joseph (played by Brian Martin) have no idea what's going on, and have no idea who is doing all of this. Elizabeth's new "tourist" boyfriend, Sam (played by Daniel Whiting) quickly becomes an important part of her life, as he proves himself to be a very good match for Elizabeth. Eventually, James and Elizabeth arrive at the Newlin estate to take Elizabeth home. But, before they do, the Newlin's take Elizabeth's father, Gerald to a location in the woods, and kill him. Sam has to go back to the town and tell his mother about the incident. James's father is reluctant to talk, and the next day, Mrs. Weare tells Elizabeth that she has been raped, and that she and Mrs. Newlin have sex. Sam is shocked and upset, and when Elizabeth eventually arrives, the three of them are away from Elizabeth's mother for quite some time. Elizabeth is ready to return home when Mrs. Weare tells her that Sam is not the culprit, and that Elizabeth and James are the ones who took Gerald's life. Elizabeth and James return home, Elizabeth tells her mother that she is sorry that she and Sam did what they did, but Mrs. Weare insists that she and Mrs. Newlin had nothing to do with anything. Elizabeth agrees to be with James on his birthday, so

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Janet M.

How to think when you're really lonely, This film tries to understand the meaning of loneliness and find the right way of solving the problem. This film has many intriguing thoughts and that's why it's a good film to watch. "You're really lonely" if you don't believe me, watch this film. It can show you that loneliness is not a choice, it is something that is based on a soul, you can't escape it, it's there, you have to face it, face it, face it, face it. You can't always choose what you will do, your choices are dictated by your soul, you're not alone. It's a great film to watch for the writer, for the director, for the actors, for the whole cast.

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Jack Carlson

I've only seen the movie in Portuguese. I understand it was produced by the FILMJAM organization. I don't know the plot but I understand it's about the life of Ibe Hagendo, who made her art career in Japan. I saw her in an interview with the filmmaker, he showed that the film is about Hagendo and what happened during her period in Japan. We have a lot of testimonies and interviews but it's not as good as it should be. The film is really good and you can relate to the director a lot, I don't like the way she is using the term documentary but I think it is like that because it is a movie, a real documentary. It doesn't tell the story itself but it tells the story of a documentary, a film. The stories are not really interesting and it gets very boring after a while. There are many interviews with artists who are dead, like Steve Krizman or BERNARD Kline. But then we have interviews with people who lived and who say how they feel about the life of Ibe Hagendo. Well, this film is not important, not very interesting, but it is good.

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Tiffany T.

This is a sad, depressing movie, I know I said that before, but it's true. There are plenty of depressing films out there but this is one of them. The movie is depressing because it wants to show you the painful lives of the men who are gay, and it portrays the emotional struggles of those who are on the path to eventually be gay. The movie is also depressing because it's almost impossible to not hate the people portrayed. They are often referred to as 'they' in the film and are almost a caricature of their group. The relationship between Matthew and David is almost non existent, and his inner struggle to be attracted to men is portrayed almost non existent. Matthew doesn't want to be gay and doesn't want David to be gay, but is torn between these two different groups of people. He also has trouble sleeping with men, and is almost always angry at his mother because he doesn't know how to talk to her. He doesn't have any friends in his school, and his best friend is a guy who only hangs around in class. When Matthew tries to act normal and makes a friend, David starts to act normal and grows closer to Matthew. The movie is depressing because there are a few parts that make you laugh, but the film is so depressing that sometimes it can bring tears to your eyes. This is not a happy film, but it is very sad and you can't help but cry.

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Pamela B.

Cinematic and artistic moments exist in an almost perfect balance between the documentary style (concluding with the music montage) and the narrative style, with the one leaning towards documentary and the other towards narrative. This balance works well and doesn't compromise the artistic nature of the film. The use of music and how the director utilized it for story telling and the unique view and arrangement of the clips is a brilliant way to bring the viewer into the lives of the people. With that said, I wasn't entirely happy with the ending. The first couple of scenes are very powerful and artfully done, but, after that, the film loses its impact. The part in which Jean-Pierre Leaud performs "Le Transbordeur" is a sequence I'm not sure I can fully explain. It's a brilliant piece of cinematic art, and I was willing to wait and see what the director would do with the camera after this piece, but it was cut off before the last scene. The film is not meant to be a definitive or comprehensive account of Jean-Pierre Leaud's life, so it would have been better had they worked on his life after the first film. Perhaps, in a different time and different filmmaker, the director could have tackled this subject in a more definitive way. In the end, however, I think the director did a great job. After seeing this, it's hard to imagine the filmmaker not wanting to share his life's work with the world. "Le Transbordeur" is not about Jean-Pierre Leaud's life, but it is the lens through which the filmmaker's eyes see his life and, in a way, everyone else's life. I recommend it highly.

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Dylan

I loved this movie. I am a lesbian but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a good movie about gay relationships. This one was so good it had me laughing out loud and crying too. Just one of those movies you can sit and enjoy without judgment. Loved it. All of the characters were amazing. It was so simple and sweet and I can't even say that about any of the others. At the end I cried a little and was crying for hours. The acting is superb, from the lead to the supporting roles. Everyone was just so good and the way that it was filmed, not to mention the music, was just perfect. I just can't put it down and I recommend it to everyone.

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Vincent G.

I thought this movie was very good and informative, but I was very critical of this film. I was expecting this movie to be so much more than what it was. I guess it was just an idea to paint a portrait of a black couple in a northern white neighborhood. The movie was great for that purpose, but the idea of this movie was far more fulfilling. The movie would have been more meaningful if it was actually about the family or at least the step-father, who obviously had problems with his wife. I think this movie is definitely a good thing to watch if you want to see a documentary that isn't making you feel like you're wasting your time. I think this movie was one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.

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Keith Schneider

It was a great movie, and I went expecting to see a Disney feature. My take on it is that Disney is trying to be more socially responsible. One of the main characters was a 16 year old boy named Keith's character, and he is gay. It is a very accurate portrayal of the values of his generation. He tells his best friend (Matt), "I like boys and girls, I've always had a thing for boys, but I'm straight." Keith's character has lived his whole life in a kind of microcosm. He knows he's different from everyone else, but he doesn't have any mental health issues. He is a good person who has always been trying to live his life in the right way. And he is even trying to help others like his friend, as he is a therapist. He lives in a nice apartment, and his favorite car is the custom-built Mercedes convertible. His apartment is decorated with paintings and wall clocks. He loves photography, and he likes to show pictures to his friends. When his mother leaves him, Keith is distraught. He doesn't have anyone to talk to about his condition, but he wants to talk to his therapist. He has dreams about going to a park, and he wants to make a movie about his life, about his dreams. This movie was very interesting. I had to watch it twice. My take on it is that it is a human film, that is shot very well. But I don't think that Disney is trying to make a social commentary. They are just trying to make a movie. I know there are a lot of Disney fans out there who think it is trying to make a social statement, but I don't think it is. I think it is a human film, and I think it's very interesting. The actors are all very good, and the directing is good. My main issue with the movie is that it doesn't end at the beginning, and you're left wondering what happens to all of these characters. I don't think that they need to end the movie at the end. It would have been nice to know what would happen next. Overall, I think it is a good movie. If you are a Disney fan, you'll love it. If you aren't a Disney fan, I think it is more interesting.

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Wayne

I would have to say that, when it comes to doing documentaries, this one is pretty darn impressive. It is as if you can take this from a few photos to a full-length feature, as well as a short story or two. I think this is one of the few documentaries that it would be nice if someone else made. You can tell the director, even if it is only for a few minutes, really cared about the subject and the people involved. It's a very well made and very well executed documentary, and even with only a few minutes to work with, you can feel the passion for the film. The lack of music and the lack of background story, although some may not like that, does not really matter. The video is very clear, and the music is really well put together. There is a little bit of language in the documentary, but I think that's not very important. The subject of this documentary is certainly interesting and interesting to me personally. I'm not just talking about the story of Abigail Breslin and the world she left behind. I am talking about a woman whose life was completely transformed after she left her daughter. Although her heart and soul is still very close to her daughter, she wanted to do so much for her, and it really was an incredible thing to see. I just loved the documentary, and I really recommend it.

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Roy B.

I was surprised to see so much negative reviews on this documentary. For me, "Maid to Order" is a surprisingly engaging movie. A lot of this has to do with the two women that write the book. In the past they have presented a fairly high standard of female characters. Now, "Maid to Order" presents an incredibly unrealistic and sometimes downright ugly portrait of a woman. There are a lot of great parts, though. The discussion between the two writers, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, is interesting, and quite touching. The ending that ties up everything is a bit too neat, and a little too neat-looking for my taste. Still, I found it a fairly engrossing movie. Some of the performances are also quite good. I did, however, feel the movie could have done with more color. The plot is full of moments of conflict that are dark, and the colors are so drab that I almost wanted to turn it off. The soundtrack is very loud. The color of the film is bright, but I just didn't get the feelings of warmth and happiness that it had. As a biographical film, though, it's a worthwhile experience. The two women that wrote the book are pretty compelling. The film looks like it has an obvious agenda, and that's OK. It's not supposed to be an objective documentary, and there are some moments that are so exaggerated that it comes off like a slap in the face. Still, it's worth a look, and it makes for a fairly interesting watch. For me, this movie was better than I expected, and I think you should at least give it a look.

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Daniel M.

I watched this movie at a Seattle film festival and was thrilled to find myself in the same room as a group of "in-the-know" theater patrons. I am actually quite surprised to hear some of the comments on this film that are replete with the ubiquitous "oh, I had no idea." Most of us (at least me) knew that the creator of this film was young Kiefer Sutherland. He was an impressive young man whose reputation has risen exponentially since his performance in his hugely successful television series, "24". Despite his acting prowess, I wasn't sure he was a particularly good director. I found myself waiting for something interesting to happen but instead found myself sitting at the back of the theater waiting to be tickled by one of his next great roles. I was pleasantly surprised by this film, and would recommend it to anyone who has not seen it. Unfortunately, the next night I had to watch it again to make sure I wasn't the same person when I got home.

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Austin W.

I did not get the point of this documentary. Was it supposed to be a documentary on Michelle Obama? Was it supposed to be a documentary on "race relations" in America? The reason I give it a 7 is that the subjects are not all equally interesting, and they should have been better developed. I have a whole lot of respect for Joanne Woodward and Mandy Moore, because they are human. They speak the truth. They are not just speaking truth. It is a shame that such great filmmakers were not able to capture the essence of both these two women. They should have spent more time with their subjects. Instead, they spent too much time focusing on how the president of the United States and the head of the NAACP views the black community. Some people may say that this was unfair. Others may say that it is necessary. I don't know how to respond to that. I think it is nice that the women shared their perspectives and gave us a piece of their minds. They also did their best to keep the subject short and sweet. The way I see it, it is good that they did this, because it allowed them to have a good discussion. There are many things that we should be talking about. The first is race relations in this country. The second is the economic plight of many black families. There are many other things that we should be talking about. What are the lessons that the president of the United States and the head of the NAACP are learning? I think it is a good thing that both of these women shared their experiences and opinions, but in the end it does not really matter. It is better that these discussions were made than that the subjects were not given as much time to tell us their feelings. It is good that Joanne Woodward and Mandy Moore shared their experiences, but the movie didn't give us anything that we don't already know. But the good thing is that the subjects have written their opinions on a simple piece of paper, so we don't need to go out of our way to see it. This is a good documentary, but I think it is a little too short.

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Frank

Just watched this at an upcoming film festival in Philadelphia, and thought it was quite an interesting documentary about British culture. It was done well, despite being kind of slow at times. I didn't really enjoy the narration, but it was still good. From what I've heard about the director, I can't see him becoming one of the big names we'll see in Hollywood. I've heard some people call him a slacker and a pothead, which I think is the most likely explanation. Maybe some of his stuff just really takes his breath away. He's obviously a genius, but I can't say I'm surprised he's not a household name. So yeah, I'm glad I was able to find this in a local rental place.

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Jessica Wade

I just saw the documentary, "The Return of Josie Ray," on HBO. It's about the band, Josie Ray, who went on to become one of the biggest bands in rock history. So it's really interesting to see a historical biopic of a band that is now lost in history. There's a lot of great stories about the band, who were responsible for writing the classic hit "Kokomo," that was later re-named "Kokomo" in a band dressing room jam session. Also, it's interesting to see the story of the band's resurgence in the mid-1970s and the tragic story of the death of lead singer, Gene Vincent, who was shot and killed while at a restaurant. This documentary also tells the story of the band's turmoil when the once glamorous singer-songwriter turned radical, and the band was reduced to being an African-American rock band who can't sing anymore. They all know each other's story, but the story of "The Return of Josie Ray" might be the most compelling. There's a lot of great interviews, such as the time when the band went into the studio and they were all done up in long-johns and praying. The group is in a lot of pain, and it's interesting to hear the story of their struggles, their private demons, and the results of the band's songs. It's a fascinating and inspiring story.

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Jean

Some of the drama in the movie was actually quite good. For me the dramatic tension in the movie was missing. It lacked the kind of emotional punch that would have carried it through. The drama that the kids were going through was the real drama, and if it wasn't the emotions that really made it. There was a lot of fake drama that was added to it by the producers. The movie could have done so much more with its dramatic tension. The performances were great, especially the young actors. Tom DeLonge played a great character. It was a great performance, but it felt like they edited the scene in the movie where he got his phone call from Mia so that it just felt like a cameo. The movie felt like it needed a better story that it could really do without editing. Overall, the movie was a good movie, but the drama that the kids went through could have been so much more powerful. The movie was entertaining, but the drama could have been so much more. The emotional scenes in the movie could have been really powerful. So, it could have done so much more with its dramatic tension.

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Shirley

this documentary,starring several elderly women from the elderly women's home in Philadelphia, was a revelation for me because i was surprised how quickly these women had lost their memories and perception of the world around them. it brought back memories of the facility i have a member of which is a colony in rural Illinois. one wonders if those memories can ever be revived. the director,who had worked with Dr. Solanas for years,is very effective at bringing the memories home. one of the actresses,who has a companion in the house,did a very good job of using words,to bring these memories to the screen. perhaps,a lot of these women were in their own worlds, but the director does a great job of bringing their stories home. i will look for a special edition DVD of this documentary,to see the director's interviews with these elderly women. all the interviewees were very good. i hope there will be a special edition DVD of this documentary. if so,it would be very interesting to see these interviews and the director's comments on his work. some of the stories come across as very credible.perhaps, some of the elderly women who have passed on in the facility did indeed know what was happening to them at the time. when i watched this documentary,i had the feeling that the director was more interested in the stories of these women,than he was in the everyday life of these elderly women. it was as though the director was trying to dig in the past of the women,without delving into the daily lives of these women. in any case,this documentary is very effective and does not leave out the little details that the staff members of the facility,had to deal with everyday.i believe the director succeeded in making a very interesting film. i would recommend this film for anyone who is interested in the lives of these elderly women.it will make you think about these elderly women's lives and the lives of others. the director,who worked with Dr. Solanas,was very effective in bringing these stories home. i think this film was very well done,but i would not recommend it to everyone,as it is not for the faint of heart.