Parents' Guide to

Faraway

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Unappreciated woman starts a new life; language, sex.

Movie NR 2023 109 minutes
Faraway movie poster: A woman looks at the sea

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Faraway is far from perfect, but the ways in which it hits the mark are funny, true, and satisfying. Naomi Krauss is a glowing screen presence, demonstrating that women over 40 are not only powerful protagonists but also attractive and entrancing romantic heroines. Quibbles are few -- Zeynep seems to be a completely different person in the film's first half, an unlikeable, humorless, rigid critic. Her transformation to charming, funny, relaxed, and open is inevitable for the story to work, but abrupt and a bit questionable.

Nevertheless, once she makes the leap, it's clear why her daughter and husband fall in love with her all over again, and why the men on the island love her. Well-written dialogue includes frank and sometimes hilarious banter between two people who are both at odds and attracted to each other.

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