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Mike Newell United States, 2003

Sarah Fonseca's rating of the film Mona Lisa Smile

Heavy-handed hitting of the major points of oppression of White women in midcentury America. A 'Dead Poets Society' for women, if you will. Yet between the ensemble cast (complete with Tori Amos cameo) and Julia Roberts' character's working class background, I'm all but smitten.