Two new films — one a tale of female entrepreneurship in the 1950’s in the face of opposition, the other a romantic comedy about unexpected second chances — open Sept. 7 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.
Set in 1959, ‘The Bookshop” follows the journey of Florence Green, a widow in a small England town who decides to open a bookshop much to the surprise and apathy of close-minded locals. After struggling to succeed, she begins a cultural awakening in the town by exposing townspeople to the best literature of the day. The film examines not only the personal journey of Florence, but the transformation of the village itself.
“The Bookshop” is rated PG for some thematic elements, language, and brief smoking. It plays through Sept. 20.
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, “Juliet, Naked” is a romantic comedy about Annie, who is stuck in an unhappy long-term relationship with Duncan. Duncan is obsessed with obscure, once-famous rocker Tucker Crowe, who Annie happens to meet and begin a romance with. The film is a tale of second chances for both main characters.
“Juliet, Naked” is rated R for language and plays through Sept. 13.