Guest Kanopy Curator: Tricia Olszewski

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Guest Kanopy Curator: Tricia Olszewski


Tricia Olszewski is a film critic for the Washington City Paper.


Force Majeure

Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures
The physical avalanche in this Swedish film is nothing compared to the metaphorical one that takes place when a wife’s view of her husband suddenly shifts like so many tectonic plates.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Photo Credit: Music Box Films
Rooney Mara may have been impressive in the American version, but the girl was more captivating when she still spoke Swedish. It’s violent but also a cathartic rebel yell for the #MeToo era.


Photo Credit: Music Box Films
This 2015 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film centers on a young novitiate who’s sent to visit her only living relative before she takes her vows. There’s a secret, but it’s not as compelling as the domino effect of her call nor the film’s starkly beautiful black and white landscape.

Fireworks Wednesday

Photo Credit: Grasshopper Film
Asghar Farhadi, Oscar-winning helmer of A Separation, proves once again how adept he is at portraying squirm-inducing domestic strife in this story about a housekeeper caught between her new boss and his wife.

Ernest & Celestine

Photo Credit: GKIDS Films
There are few things more adorable than tiny, daintily drawn mice arguing in French. If this Academy Award contender doesn’t make you smile, you have no soul.

Tricia Olszewski’s recommendations can be viewed through Kanopy, the popular on-demand video service available in the Library’s goDigital offerings. Library cardholders can stream six movies a month on any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV (4th generation and up), Chromecast or Roku.