A WOMAN LIKE ME

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(Alex Sichel, El­iz­a­beth Gia­matti, U. S.). 84 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN Alex Sichel, a film­maker with a Bud­dhist bent, tries to find a way to ac­cept her ter­mi­nal breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis in this in­tel­li­gent, emo­tion­ally charged pic.

It suc­ceeds in part due to her strat­egy of cre­at­ing an al­ter ego ( Lili Tay­lor) whose story she can con­trol. She also weaves in the ques­tions that dog doc­u­men­tar­i­ans. In one canny se­quence, her hus­band com­plains be­cause she’s set­ting up the shot in­stead of just let­ting things hap­pen.

But the pic’s main virtue is Sichel her­self, who is charis­matic, en­gag­ing and very smart.

Apr 25, 7: 30 pm, Sco­tia­bank 3; April 27, 1 pm, Is­abel Bader; May 3, 3:15 pm TIFF 2

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