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By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sensitive story of groundbreaking artist promotes curiosity.

Movie NR 2023 120 minutes
Hilma Movie Poster: Tora Hallström and Lena Olin pictured as two versions of Hilma, above characters sitting at a table behind a colorful background

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If you're bothered by mystical talk or stories about spirits, portions of this biopic could be unsettling. But on the whole, Hilma is a deep look at an artist whose work and life were long denied their place in history among male artists whose names are better known (Kandinsky, Mondrian, etc.). Learning more about Hilma's life -- she was a woman out of time in a way, constantly going up against social expectations for women during the 19th and early 20th centuries -- may be especially meaningful for viewers who might also feel like outsiders, especially since Hilma is involved in queer romances during a time when sexual and gender differences were just beginning to be discussed with some level of seriousness. Overall, fans of interesting and unique biopics are likely to enjoy diving into the esoteric world of Hilma, especially since they'll be guided by Hallström's sensitive, entrancing star turn as the mysterious and vulnerable painter.

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