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Review of Reclaim (2022) – a thought-provoking watch on how we see the women in our lives

August 6, 2022

This review of the Netflix film Reclaim (2022) contains no spoilers.

Reclaim follows a woman in need of a bigger home that she thinks will help keep her whole family happy, but while trying to find that solution, she realizes she hasn’t thought of herself. -even or to his own happiness for a very long time. long duration.

Right off the bat, it’s clear that Reclaim is a really well-crafted little film. Its opening titles fade inside a tiny dollhouse and all of its parts are in the making, and it’s fair to say the film is made with the same care and attention. It just feels like everything has been carefully considered and the creative team behind has included every aspect with very clear intent. Nothing is sloppy.

Reclaim is shot in a way that gives it an almost documentary feel, and in a way, it plays out the same way. You get a real insight into our protagonist’s life – which is never really referred to by name as such; just like the many different roles she plays for different people – and it’s like being a fly on the wall during her daily activities.

Her detached cinematic style contributes a lot to the overall thinking of Reclaim, as it results in the woman at the heart of this story having the power to be one of the women in our own lives and prompts reflection on how we see them ourselves. Very often, we consider these women as what they are for us; as “mom”, or “wife”, or “teacher”, rather than as their own person with their own needs and desires.

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Reclaim tends to get a little too bogged down in thinking about the outside world’s perception of its protagonist, and as such it starts to move a little too slowly for my personal taste. The more fantastical elements of the movie also stretch over many layers and get a bit confusing to follow as well, but despite all that, it’s nice to see things culminate in a happy ending where the woman gets what she deserves, what should be seen for who she is as well as what she is for those around her.

Overall, despite its habit of lingering a little too long and dwelling on metaphors that aren’t so clear to drive home the point, Reclaim is generally a well-made, sobering film. It certainly won’t be for everyone, but if you like a bit of commentary on societal norms, it’s a pretty welcoming approach to it.

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