A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Proxima is an inspiring movie about a female astronaut -- played by Eva Green -- who defies the odds to become the only woman on a one-year mission to space. Sarah (Green) is flawed but authentic. It is evident that she has worked incredibly hard to reach her position, more so than her male counterparts. Despite this, her colleagues look down on her. She must also deal with the occasional misogynistic and sexist comments leveled in her direction. In one scene, a male colleague watches her change. She doesn't adhere to outdated conventions and stereotypes, and is willing to fulfill her career aspirations even at the expense of her family -- something commonly seen and unquestioned with male characters. There is very brief nudity in the movie but it's not sexualized -- Sarah takes a shower and a her breasts are visible. There is also very infrequent, yet strong language, including "f--k" and "s--t." The majority of the movie's dialogue is in both English and French, with subtitles.
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What's the story?
PROXIMA tells the story of Sarah Loreau (Eva Green) a French astronaut who is the only woman in a male-dominated program that will see her aboard a space station for a year long mission. But in doing so, Sarah has to leave behind her daughter Stella (Zélie Boulant) and she becomes increasingly worried about what it will do to their relationship.
Is it any good?
This is an understated, and subtle character study that subverts the tropes of the science-fiction genre to positive effect. Director Alice Winocour must be commended for this pensive and slow-burning drama -- that has shades of Brad Pitt's Ad Astra -- in how we analyze the psychology of those who commit to spending much of their life in space. Although the central focus is on the characters, there is a dramatic tension that derives from a mother leaving behind her daughter, with this relationship explored to a profound effect.
Green is terrific in the central role, as while she remains a great inspiration in how she has defied the odds in a male-centric environment, her talent is grounded by her authenticity. She is vitally portrayed as being flawed and imperfect. Proxima is reliant on her performance, and she's nuanced and internalized and incredibly easy to root for. This is a welcome addition to the space traveling genre, but a movie perhaps not for the impatient viewer.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the mother and daughter relationship in Proxima. How does Sarah's decision to go on her mission impact her relationship with Stella? Do you think Sarah is right to go?
In the movie, Sarah is subject to misogynistic comments from her colleagues. How does she deal with it? Discuss sexism in the workplace and the impact of the #MeToo movement.
Sarah has worked incredibly hard to become an astronaut. What character strengths has she needed to achieve her goals? What would you like to be when you're older? What can you do now to help achieve those goals?
- On DVD or streaming: November 6, 2020
- Cast: Eva Green, Zélie Boulant, Matt Dillon
- Director: Alice Winocour
- Studio: Picturehouse
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Great Girl Role Models, Science and Nature, Space and Aliens
- Character strengths: Courage, Perseverance
- Run time: 107 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: December 7, 2020
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