A Woman Like Me

Directed by Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti

Starring Lili Taylor

A Woman Like Me is a hybrid documentary that interweaves the real story of director Alex Sichel, diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2011, with the fictional story of Anna Seashell, who struggles to find the glass half full when faced with the same diagnosis. The film follows Alex as she uses her craft to explore what is foremost on her mind while confronting a terminal disease: parenting, marriage, faith, life, and death. When we are stuck between a rock and hard place, can our imagination get us out?

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  • ★★★½ review by Paolo Kagaoan on Letterboxd

    Captures cancer with culture clashes. Alliteration!

  • ★★★★ review by J Rosenfield on Letterboxd

    I worry that, because I saw this so late in the festival, I wasn't able to give it proper brainpower. It's got a very intriguing blend of fiction and documentary, and in fact it directly comments on the cross-over between the two forms. There's a lot going on here that likely deserves to be seen in isolation. But I'm confident in saying that it's a very smart film, if a little cold given its subject matter.

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