Ed Rampell: popcorn munchers at the local multiplex used to superheroes, explosions and car chases would likely find this 2-hour foreign film subtitled in English to be excruciatingly slow – only “redeemed” by its hot lesbian sex scenes.
Ed Rampell: Miroshnichenko’s camera coldly but compassionately reveals the bleak realities of daily life for the inmates, who often wear drab brown skirts, black tights, prison boots and blue winter jackets to protect them from the cold.
Ed Rampell: Alfre Woodard, one of our elder stateswomen of thespianism, delivers a powerhouse of a performance as the prison warden, Bernardine Williams, Clemency’s main character.
Ed Rampell: The cinematic style of this funny semi-autobiographical film is interesting in that Ivana plays a version of herself, as do her mother, father, grandmother and others in a mostly nonprofessional cast.
Bill Meyer: It’s refreshing to hear the story from the Cuban side, which instead justifies the shooting down of planes that were heading to Cuba to commit sabotage, attempting to create panic and resulting in deaths of innocent Cubans.