Choices
 
 
Studio: Dulci
 
Review Count: 68
Average Rating: 4.96 stars
Genre: Romance
Length: 10 minutes 8 seconds
 
Posted on: September 6, 2006
 
 
Film Description
Have you ever wondered, "What if?"

The greatest gift a woman can be given is the dignity to determine her own path in life.

CAST

*Dulci as Julia
**Vesobe as Mark
***Postmodernchuck as Mr. Davis
****Dramaqueen73 as Rebecca
*****Myshinator as Marianne
******Docontheweb as Mr. Richards and Client

Includes the following mods:

*Laptop by www.tiersix.com (6headedmonster)
**City bedroom by Lizard3209
***Livingroom by Melghoul

Music by Galdson (provided by www.jamendo.com) - Choosing My Life, Resignation, Old Times
 
Featured Reviews
- Jenniza

This is a wonderful and powerful film. It shows three typical categories of a woman's path in life (although there are many others and many sub-divisions)... the full-time wife/mother, the full-time career woman that never marries and one in the middle (divorced woman with full-custody and full-time worker). All are ultimately happy with the choices that led them to where they are now and ironically all are criticized by those around them in society. It is as if as far as women's rights have come in the last 200 years, society still criticizes us no matter what choices we make now. It's like saying, "Fine, you have the right to choose; but, whatever you choose is wrong." It's a very frustrating attitude for people to have for people to live with to be wrong no matter what choice one makes. It's both a positive commentary on society that we have the right to choose now; but, it's ironic that it's also a negative commentary on society that society will say we are wrong no matter what choice we make.

Posted on March 31, 2007
- postmodernchuck

I�??m going to be droll, academic, and stodgy. Bear with me.

In Gender Trouble, radical feminist and cultural critic Judith Butler writes that the social construct of gender promotes acts, gestures, and desires that produce the fraudulent effect of an internal core, a sort of false naturalization of gender specificity conditioning that ultimately forces the subject (or �??object,�?? if we view this from the patriarchal viewpoint) into �??performative�?? acts that comprise the whole of our assigned gender role. In a nutshell, the conceptualization and construction of a gendered identity and the gender hierarchy itself is largely prefigured on the theatricality of the participants; we are socialized with a script on how to perform within our assigned parts, huffing and puffing, barking and shouting, playing into the old archetypes all the way to the curtain call. Thus, the roles men and women are supposed to play may seem �??natural,�?? but are instead dictated on a social / cultural / political level. There is no internal gender core �?? only the fiction we�??re told in order to perform within a certain paradigm.

Some people seem to be reinterpreting and misinterpreting Dulci�??s latest film, Choices. They assume that if a woman plays the role of mother, wife, and caregiver �?? the housewife �?? she inevitably falls within the gender trap and becomes a victim of patriarchal reconfiguration. That the filmmaker chooses to celebrate what many conceive as a fumbling step downward into the lower tiers of the western gender hierarchy sends shockwaves of froth-mouthed rage to many, and strikes a subtle chord with the viewer. Even more problematic, the filmmaker gives us other variations of the same theme, only from different perspectives. In Choices, all roles are considered equal. How could Dulci dare place the various roles women play side by side without belittling one or championing the other? How could a work of so-called �??feminist art�?? give us a bird�??s eye view into the worlds of working mothers, career women, and housewives without raising its fist against the patriarchal machinery that manufactured these roles for women to be consigned into in the first place?

I think many are forgetting the title of the film �?? Choices. A woman chooses to be an individual �?? distinct and autonomous. Many viewers carry the assumption that the woman on-screen represents something beyond the individual �?? and she becomes a symbolic creation, a void to fill our need for meaning. Here, Dulci shows feminism, at its core, is a belief system constituting the rights and emancipation of women, with one of the system�??s nucleus being the right to CHOOSE. In Dulci�??s film, we see women criticized solely on the grounds of how their performance defies some neatly categorized tenet of the continuum of gender specification. Whether she is chided for playing into some patriarchal model of �??woman,�?? condemned for openly defying the dominant hegemony, or lambasted for juggling between the two polarities, the protagonist of the film is criticized under the basis of a single guiding principle: her gender. Judged solely on the basis of her gendered performance, the protagonist can never be judged as an individual making legitimate choices and is, instead, tokenized as some autonomized symbol of womanhood. Such an assertion is a demeaning one �?? whether it is masculinist or feminist �?? because it belittles the individual into some sort of cultural signifier for what someone �?? ANYONE �?? believes gender specification should entail. Flattening the personality, dissecting the individuality, and destroying her character �?? many try to find meaning in the various performances. We should, instead, focus less on the performance and more on the person.

For Dulci, the power to choose represents a powerful weapon that deflects the judgment of patriarchal modes of thought and discourse while reconstructing what we believe feminism should ultimately represent. It�??s the sort of battle-cry that shows how feminism is more than the �??sisterhood of sob sisters�?? Camile Paglia so snobbishly writes about �?? and instead encompasses the whole of the individualized choices a woman can make to find her happiness and personal freedom. It is a powerful, humanistic, and life-affirming film that demonstrates how performative acts can pigeonhole the individual into enacting some gender fantasia �?? and how our subversion of these principles always leads to the most important byproduct of any life �?? happiness, though and through.

Posted on September 7, 2006
- sisch

This is a very thought provoking movie - and instead of giving a normal review, I would like to tell you something.. even when I was very young, maybe 10 years old, I knew I would not want to have kids - then, lots of people said to me: wait until you grow older and meet the right man, then you will want them! I hated that, because they all seemed to think that it was just a childish behaviour, when I absolutely knew that I meant it... as the years went by, nothing changed, I still don´t have children, and don´t want any, my biological clock never started ticking, and I have partner that shares my views... but I do respect women who see it otherwise, and what I really want to say is: why is it such a problem to let women choose as they want? And more, accept the choice, and don´t try to influence them, or always find some fault with the choice?
This is why I love your movie, Dulci: it shows what a dilemma women are in! Whichever way we choose, there´s always someone there who tells us what would be better for us! And very often, it´s other women telling us our way of life is wrong.. I think that has to change!

Posted on September 7, 2006
- pegleg

This is a difficult one to review as it's a movie about perspectives. I would argue quite a Liberal Feminist ideology is the running theme as the story looks at choices within a system. Personally I've always questioned that system really because of my education and radical left wing politics. I won't dig any deeper as I'm male.
My initial thought was this could have been a continuation of Four Sisters. I could almost see those thoughts flash through someones mind when asked the question 'will you marry me'. It's why it's not easy to say 'yes'. I could then see a layer of fears anxieties and more importantly hope, maybe even someones linear work/life cycle. I know this movie is deeply personal and I love how you have portrayed and conveyed the argument. I hope this gets a great audience because it's the type of movie you have to actively engage with rather than passively receive.
But I would like to end with a quetion what happens if a system is corrupt and the perspectives and choices we make are patriarchal? Think about it because sometimes we don't have the choices and freedom we think we have, it can all be a Mythology?

Posted on September 6, 2006
- Mericc

And yet again, Dulci shows her talent for introspective films. Choices is an engaging look into the different paths that a woman can take in her life, and how at the end of each path she can find happiness.
The storytelling and direction in this was very interesting. I like how the proposal scene is played out multiple times but with it going a different direction in each. The editing was as solid as it always is with a Dulci production and the music helped to keep the mood. Once again, I really enjoyed how in every scenario it shows that the main character is, for the most part, happy with how her life turned out and it is left to secondary characters to do the second guessing. I was afraid that you would bias yourself towards one or the other, but you did a great job in showing that each choice is equally valid. What matters in the end is what makes you happy. Very well done.

Posted on September 6, 2006
 
Reviews
- Jenniza

This is a wonderful and powerful film. It shows three typical categories of a woman's path in life (although there are many others and many sub-divisions)... the full-time wife/mother, the full-time career woman that never marries and one in the middle (divorced woman with full-custody and full-time worker). All are ultimately happy with the choices that led them to where they are now and ironically all are criticized by those around them in society. It is as if as far as women's rights have come in the last 200 years, society still criticizes us no matter what choices we make now. It's like saying, "Fine, you have the right to choose; but, whatever you choose is wrong." It's a very frustrating attitude for people to have for people to live with to be wrong no matter what choice one makes. It's both a positive commentary on society that we have the right to choose now; but, it's ironic that it's also a negative commentary on society that society will say we are wrong no matter what choice we make.

Posted on March 31, 2007
- Ralfduran

Very inspiering movie with alot of meaning put into it. I have to commend you for that. The ending felt a bit unsatisfying, but a very minor point in a all in all wonderful movie with alot of feeling. Great job.

Posted on March 3, 2007
- Marine101

A very good story here Dulci

Great Acting, dialogue, music and movie
A good romance

Posted on February 22, 2007
- Lucindamc123

This movie made me think a lot and I belive the film-maker is very honest and that is the charm of her movies. Having had both types of lifestyle, I can tell you from my perspective that women can have it all. Although from a very early age all I wanted to do was be a housewife, life thrust me into a different place. And actually, I was also too creative a person to just clean house all day. And believe me it was well worth it to WAIT (as hard as it was) for the right person who understands and pushes and helps you to fulfill all your dreams. I've been lucky or has it just been luck?? I loved this movie - it was well written and well acted.

Posted on February 12, 2007
- VandrendeOrn

nice movie, thoughtprovoking and also entertaining. it kept me interested the whole way through.

Posted on December 9, 2006
- Crazybaseballdude12

Very good. Now I know how women feel sometimes when it comes to love. Keep up the good work! Make sure to rate my movies too.

-crazybaseballdude12

Posted on November 5, 2006
- SplitsDood

It's weird, when you read the descritpion, you can't believe that it's a hot pick. When you watch it, it's absolutely fantastic!
Well done, I could never make a movie like that! The storyline was good and the voices were so realistic!

Posted on October 30, 2006
- snake195

Wow...Wow.....Amazing Work and amzing directing, amzing voiceovers, just an amzing Movie. Probably the best short film i have ever seen, Like in the history of my exsistance!

Posted on October 26, 2006
- xbxgamer26

an excellent movie and a very good title but you should make the choices about what other people make

Posted on October 23, 2006
- lukeharvey

A top movie. It really shows the real live choices women have to make and the outcomes of it.

Posted on October 19, 2006
- NUKESTER

A brilliant Romance Movie that showcases and highlights your immense talent and imagination. Terrific plot coupled with great character creation. I warmed to this film straight away and I was left wanting more. You really excelled yourself with this piece of art!

Nuke on and Nuke Well!

Posted on October 18, 2006
- IconMatthew

Simply amazing! This movie really brought out a true story. I can see this anywhere and would make a great plot for an actual theatrical release think Family Man on steriods. Awesome be sure to check out some of my videos too.

Posted on October 17, 2006
- thethunderthatisaaron

This movie can really make you think about what could happen in your life. thie difforent pathes that her life takes are interresting and thought pervocing. Your movies are great and they all have some bigger messege to them.

Posted on October 17, 2006
- micha83

Perfect movie!
5 stars from germany!

Screw is on!

Posted on October 15, 2006
- JohnOkinawa

Yes, the obvious theme here is that people have to make choices and yes it effects the future. But hello!! Our society today stereotypes the jobs of the wife and the husband. Supposedly the husband brings home the bacon, while the wife cooks it. One of the women decides to juggle both, while the other two only juggle one job. Women should be able to choose and not be criticized at the end. If it's their choice, don't you think that they will be happy? In the end, all three women were happy with their choice and it worked out well. I would rather not go deep into the movie. However, Dulci is back in her full form! Another great movie from Dulci.

Posted on October 15, 2006
- masterthehero

In my opinion, all this movie proves to me is that no matter which choice you make, which life you live, you will always be faced with hardship. It does not matter if you are male or female, regardless of any choice you make. You will always be told by others you should change your life, or you made a wrong choice, or you will be given circumstances that make your life difficult.

However, what I didn't like about this film was how it showed that pretty much all choices had a similar ending, it ends up working out happily ever after. To me that was the only part that was narrow and didn't consider the extra additional option of what would happen if she started turning to a life of crime.

I find this choice extremely relevant because sometimes it could be possible that living as a single mom she runs into problems keeping money inside the household trying to take care of her child. To me it would have been more realistic to show that there are also terrible choices to be made in life, whether it's forming a drug addiction or turning to a life of crime those kind of choices do happen in the real world.

To me it matters not whether it expresses feminist views or not, because I respect a strong, independant woman who has her own goals and dreams. But I just felt that choices was too much of a story book, too much of a once upon a time, because to me some of those scenarios played out with too much of a happy ending.

Not to mention that sometimes the choices made also affect other things that are not readily noticeable at first glance. What if her divorce caused her father to become depressed? What if her son wanted to stay with her father instead of the mother?

I know that including those elements would have been too much time for the movie, but it was something I wanted to keep in mind. I wanted more realism and to me this movie wasn't very realistic at all, it made things too easy for her.

I couldn't really relate to her, I related more to the Jason guy, because I act just like him. When she makes the first choice, he's pretty much almost like me. Sweet, supportive, loving, romantic... to see the other choice made for some reason affected me and made me feel sad. All I kept on thinking was how -he- felt, how sometimes people are so selfish with their own agenda that they forget about the people who care about them.

Ah well enough of this, you get 5 stars.

Posted on October 13, 2006
- JosephKw

Of course the technical aspects of this film were perfect, as we've come to expect from this studio and director. For some films I would tote the virtues of the scene selections, and dialogue, and even the performances of the voice over cast (which, with the extraordinary cast list, was also perfect), but the meat of this film is in the message--its purpose for existing. Too many believe that the "right" choice is the one which society expects from its members, from what is currently the trend. In doing do, the freedom to choose is diminished, and even extinguished. Dulci has again boldly tackled social issues and standards in her entertaining, yet enlightening way. A top film. A top choice.

Posted on October 11, 2006
- bearkatjay

I can explain this in one word, BRILLIANT! This is one of the greatest flms I've ever seen

Posted on October 10, 2006
- Jamous

all i can say is WOW,this was brilliantly scripted and produced,on my wow factor you get two thumbs up.................Jimi

Posted on October 4, 2006
- kate_lee

The breadth of topics and subject matters addressed by Dulci�??s movies continues to amaze me. This movie about women�??s right to choose (?) seems to cast a more sympathetic eye on the choice of more �??traditional�?? kind than those that have become a new tradition in last a few decades. It is without question that each and every person should be allowed to make their own decisions without being subjected to judgments. It is true that in the 21st century we do have the luxury of considering the �??alternative�?? life style. Yet, on the other hand, I think we have to question whether, by choosing the more traditional gender role, we are putting the availability of the choice itself on a risk�??the hard-won right achieved through decades of hard struggles by so many women in our previous generation. Finally, I sometimes wonder whether men are getting a worse deal when it comes to this type of choice. In conclusion, I hope for a world where both men and women have a choice and where there is no judgment, although I know that world would not realize on earth before the human race replaced by a new kind of creatures�?�

Too much mumbling scribbles from me�?� That is how powerful your movie was.

Posted on September 23, 2006
- gilga

well, another great movie in this studio... the idea at the beginning of the movie has already been treated elsewhere (movies and litterature have often asked "what if..?")... sometimes with a staight and disappointing conclusion (whatever you do, you'll allways get to the same point at the end..)... but this movie treats this subject with a real subtility (is it english, what I'm saying?) and refuses to conclude it roughly... without discussion possible...no message at the end , to my opinion of course... the path of those differents girls in one are so familiar, real... the last words seems to me words of dispair( is it english again?)...after all, this is not only a feminist point of view, anyone could reach the conclusion of the character(s)... the path you choose, whoever you are, ..will it gave you any chance of being happy? This kaleidoscopic vision of life shown here doesn't seem to give you any hope... being a rather pessimistic person, that's what I've seen in this movie... hope I didn't misunderstood it too much...that's a movie that makes you think and talk.. what you can call a must see!
gratz again and again and see you
gilga

Posted on September 20, 2006
- ElizabethSusan

What a phenomenal movie! Smooth editing and fantastic use of free cam. An Outstanding VO cast and a script that hit me quite deeply. And let�??s not forget the set dressing and attention to detail. I would say this is not only the best work by Dulci yet, this is a MUST SEE! Kudos to you and your cast for an outstanding production ~

Posted on September 18, 2006
- Newdaff

Good movie.

Posted on September 16, 2006
- Michael_B6

I like it, I like it alot. The whole idea behind was great, I loved seeing each side of it: and how it never presents any of them as wrong. They're all right. Or maybe was that none of them are right and none are wrong? I don't know, it's coming out as haze. Anyways, the film overall was awsome. The whole Brady Bunch type reference to when we go into each character was an awsome idea: which did add ease when navigating between stories. Again great film!

Posted on September 14, 2006
- freddymurphy

An interesting and well made movie! I never really thought about the choices women make and how those choises affect thier lives until I saw this movie. Ilike how you showed each woman' point of view. The VOs were top nocych espeacially yours,as usual. 5 1/2 stars for this one.Great job!

Have fun

Posted on September 13, 2006
- tomasm

I must be honest - I'm not perfectly sure if I like this movie or not. It is very interesting, and have some very important things to think about, especially if you're a woman, that is.

The thing I don't like is that it feels... I don't know really, somewhat "flat". It feels that there is not enough complexity for a movie with such a theme. In my eyes it seems as if there is basically two ways for this woman: Get married, or "follow your dreams". For example, what would have happened if Julia had tried to combine these two options a little more? Is there anyway for a complete success, or the opposite? The characters just felt a bit stereotypical.

Anyway, it's still a well written story. There are loads of "what if"-movies, and I almost find everyone interesting in one way or another.
The music was well chosed and fit the movie perfectly. And (as always with your movies) the voiceovers were very good!

Averall, a very good movie, with an interesting theme!

Posted on September 13, 2006
- MefuneAkira

GRETINGS FROM L.M.A.O. STUDIOS!

Brilliant!

The GOOD:
An excellent script - Very descriptive, intelligent and taps in to everyone�??s thoughts on life's choices. The acting was just flawless by everyone, couldn�??t be better. This is why we chose Ducli for our film. The sets really assisted the story flow as did the wonderful music. All sounds were a perfect levels.

The BAD: None


The Advice: None

A cinematic work of art. Dulci surpasses herself with each film. It was an honor to experience this heartfelt and creative movie.

-Mefune Akira L.M.A.O. Studios

Posted on September 12, 2006
- derbyrams

WOW!!! That was such an entertaining movie!! It was amazing, it had everything, it had a romance/ love story going on, a bit of drama and the thing in the movie that intrugied me the most is the way you show different perspectives, e.g. showing the events that follow after Julia says no and then when you showed us what would of happenned if he said yes! and this was the thing that intrugied, which was that you showed how the movie got it's name, which was choices as it showed people choosing what they want to do and I think that was a really clever idea! Excellent vo's, an excellent cast, they are all very talented, excellent custom music, nice titles and an intruging storyline that had my hooked throughout watching the movie!!! An excellent movie dulci, this is definatly one of my fav's you have made [put in mind that's a lot as you've made so many incredible movies!]. Outstanding work!!!! I loved it!!! 5 stars!

Posted on September 11, 2006
- 6-HeadedMonster

choices
choices
always choices
if everything was so easy the choices would be pointless...

Posted on September 10, 2006
- neonoir1x

I hug a stone
burnt in a fire �??
a dream of autumn

by withered reeds
dimmed by clouds
the water sleeps

the bug comes out
of hibernation, infant like
works its legs

By withered reeds
dimmed by clouds
the water sleeps

chasing remnants
of a dream--the sky clears
and becomes crisp

~ Abe Midorijo (1886-1980)

Posted on September 10, 2006
- stvndysn

a well made film as usual from you dulci, even for a male the choices are still the same children or career. single life or marriage.
As usual you adopt the different views on a personal level, which i enjoy to see, i am too old now to make some of those choices as my life is now mapped out. but for a young man or woman about to start out after education it is a good thing to watch to help decide on what to do with your life.

Posted on September 10, 2006
- sidy

i think, this scenario is can make real movie. an great original idea.
excellent story, VO, music choice. you has multi talented director.
greatest work Dulci and voice actors.

Posted on September 9, 2006
- MrSmithee

This isn't the kind of movie I usually watch, but enjoyable nonetheless. I'm confused though; were there three women or four? That overlay that kept coming up showed four main women, but I think I can only picture three. Great idea, great music, and of course, great voices. I was really waiting for the assassin-Julia and homeless-Julia to pop up somewhere, but I guess I just have to wait for the sequel.

Posted on September 9, 2006
- h_roch1977

top movie......

Posted on September 9, 2006
- db4321

This was a deeply thought provoking movie (pointless and banal aren't in your vocabulary, obviously) and quite different from how I expected it to be.

You make a great job of showing that when it comes down to woman's life choices there is no right or wrong option. It is purely down to the individual. The one thing that is always constant is that whatever decision a woman makes about her life, it will have affect the rest of her life.

Unfortunately, these decisions aren't always so clear cut. A lot of women have to work because they have no choice but to earn extra income. Other women have no choice but to stay at home.

There are women out there who choose not to have children, for whatever reason. That's their choice. But what about those women who are unable to have children due to fertility or health reasons. To these women, the decision not to have a child is incomprehensible.

Anyway, a thoroughly decent movie and well done to all involved.

Posted on September 9, 2006
- THROWAXE

"Peoples lives aren't scripted in highschool", that's a line to remember!
Such a beautiful made story, I like the structure very much.
It's gently paced, like a small river, wondering at every turn which way to go... The real beauty is that none of thepossible Julias seem to regret the choices they made.
Strong characters, or simply human?
You do make strong movies, Dulci, they make you wonder "what if" :)

Posted on September 9, 2006
- JazzX

A very good exploration of the choices that most females are forced to confront in their lives, whether for themselves or by other people.

In choice 1, she is a happily married housewife and mother - yet her best friend gives her a rough ride for selling out on her career ambitions.

In choice 2, she takes career over everything else - her pregnant friend Mary-Ann starts winding her up with the old "clock is ticking" speech.

In choice 3, she is forced by her unhappy divorce to juggle work and the need to be with her son - her employer (all the more hateful because there really are callous individuals like that in positions of power) practically threatens her with the sack for not doing overtime (grrr .. I'd have him hanged publicly!)

So, in other words, no matter what she does there's always pressure from someone to do something else. She is screwed whichever choice she makes. Talk about loaded dice ... then again, the message at the end is that all three versions are happy with their chosen path and so they should be - no female should be forced through pressure into a path they don't want to follow. The same is true for males as well.

On a technical level, it was very well made with nice sets and perfect music. The V.O. performances were good, but there were quite a few instances of mic popping going on, and one character sounded like she had done her V.O. over the telephone. But the words were all clear and audible. I'd encourage all the cast of this film to ask Dramaqueen73 how she does it - the sound quality of her V.O. was flawless.

One minor gripe - the opening quote/book title went by a little too fast, I needed to press pause to read it. It's an important quote/title so it should be given a couple of seconds longer than necessary.

Otherwise, I liked the presentation of this film with the inserts showing you which version the next part relates to. Well done also on clearly defining each version by very different hairstyles. It's a trick they used successfully in "Sliding Doors", the Gwyneth Paltrow film about two versions of the same person and the two different paths her life takes as the result of catching or not catching her train home. This film reminded me a little bit of that on a very shallow level.

Overall then, a very thoughtful and well made piece of work.

Posted on September 8, 2006
- jqpublique

A very interesting and thought-provoking movie that examines the many choices and perspectives that women have in today's society and how happiness and satisfaction can be found in all of them. I loved it!

Posted on September 8, 2006
- Bigdadda20

That was a very interesting story. I liked a lot of things about it. The plot was good, and the characters seemed realistic.
A big complaint for me would have to be that the dialogue was extremely unrealistic. It sounded as though the characters were narrating the story.
A lot of the cutom stuff was well put together, and the sets were nicely decorated.
But I thought it got a little boring near the end, and it got a little repetitive. Sorry, but thats the way it is. If you want me to be constructive, than I will be. Improve the dialogue, and keep it interesting for the whole film. 7/10! A decent movie which I enjoyed, for the most part. Good Work!

Posted on September 8, 2006
- rjb2112

This film seems to have an air of autobigrapy about it.

We are all faced with choices in life, where in later years we may regret a decision to do this or not do that. The outcomes can be as different as in this movie.

Should you have a career at the expense of all else, or have a family and give up on the thoughts of career. For many men this decision rarely exists. For many women it does, or at least appears to. So many things can change our plans.

I am a stay at home husband myself, so I feel I can speak on what is considered the traditional domestic role for many women.

I have doen several jobs over the years. Plumbing and Heating Engineer, Estimator, company Director, computer maintenance and sales, Handyman and I have run my own business too.

I now stay at home and look after my wife who is disabled. It is something I had a choice in. I could have carried on with my business and have strangers look after my wife, or I could give up work to look after her.

Well I can tell you that running a household and caring for someone is no easy task. In fact it is actually harder work than many of the jobs I have had. Also I rarely get a day off. I have two days off in two and a half years. Most stay at home women, don't even get that.

Who is it that cooks, cleans, shops, drive's the family places, deals with Teachers and other authority figures, nurses, is the families councellor, and keeps the house running smoothly?

The stay at home person, that's who.

So the next time you see your Mother/Wife/Girlfriend/Partner, say to them "Sit down and put your feet up for a bit, I'll go do the dishes, right after I make you a cup of tea." You have no idea how much that will mean to them. Better still, do all their chores for a whole day, you'll then get a better idea of what they do. It's easy to say "Mum'll do it, she doesn't mind." Well the truth is, that she doesn't want to do it any more than you do. Just imagine what things would be like if she stopped doing what she does.

I must say that since I have stayed at home, I have appreciated and understood stay at home women far more. Trust me they don't have an easy life.

The rest of this review will be in this weeks moviewood E!

Posted on September 8, 2006
- BOLCH

I think that this movie can be interpreted on more different levels.
We make choices through all of our lives. Much of them are relatively simple (should I do this or that first? where should I go this weekend? etc.), but there are some srious choices which will forever decide our future. I see that you don't believe in determination - we are free to choose how we want to live our lives, and we must accept the consequences of our decision. And sometimes, it's not a long process - sometimes one moment, one simple "yes" or "no" will make the difference and our decision could make us into two totally diffferent people.
But this movie is not simply about "any" choices. It's about a choices of a woman about family and work, and it raises a nunmber of questions about our society. What can be more important to a woman? Devoting herself to her family, seeing her child growing up from the beginning and sharing every happy moment with him or her? Or to be succesful in her job and prove that a woman can at least as succesful as any man, on any field? Or a mixture of both - raisig a child, but also carrying on her job, crunching away all of her time? And - on the other side - how does society reacts to each of these decisions?
(Of course, I have my opinion about which could be the best choice - but since I'm a man, I think it's quite irrelevant now...) :)
The best thing in this movie is that you clearly show how Julia's one choice made her into three totally different women. Not just her appearance is different, but also her goals and her attitutde. There are pros and cons in each of her choices, but she could find happiness in all of them (though I have some doubts about the happiness of the third Julia ("working and raising her child alone")).
Technically, there's everything OK. The VAs are remarkable, every actor gave his or her best. I think that some sets aren't the best (the living room of the "family" Julia was perhaps too dark and foreboding for a happy family with a little child).
My only complaint about this movie is that Julia is, in fact, quite a hollow character, at least compared to other famous Dulci characters (especially Rose from "Happily Ever After"). But perhaps this was your intention - you didn't want to present a one-of-a-kind, meticulously detailed character, but rather a stereotype who represents all women who must make a similar decision. And in this aspect, you succeeded admirably.
Overall, a thought-provoking, serious movie. Congratulations!

Posted on September 8, 2006
- capemedia

QUICK REVIEW: Is this another Dulci classic?

After watching the movie and then reading through the reviews it looks like again you have hit the success trail. Some very talented TMO directors have watched and admired your work.

But is this playing it safe or taking chances in what you have done here? I have said it before, when it comes to these types of thought provoking, relationship type movies you are one of the elite on TMO. I have watched you grow and some of your movies have gone done in TMO history as the best of what can be achieved.

I question if you need to try a different challenge, surprise me with something I would never expect of you. If you wish to stay in this style then fine that is your area of expertise and I�??ll respect that. But I so wish you took a dare, took a chance and blow me out of my seat with something that is NOT another Dulci Classic.

From my position, I hope you take up the challenge and make something next that is different to the style you currently have mastered. I think great directors take chances in their film making and that is what improves their movies and advances them.

Even though this is another 5 star movie, I hope for me it's not your last :)

I�??m not trying to sound harsh but I feel this is how you can really progress as a director on TMO and then beyond :)

Posted on September 8, 2006
- reafreak29

WOW dulci you once again made me think long and hard while i was thinking of this review. First off your movie alone is extemely extremely well done and interesting. It really does make you think after you finish watching this film. I love the fact that you made 4 types of lifestyles on how 1 woman would choice a path in her life with all 4 explaining how that lifestyle would go. I would love too see this reach number 1 cause i think the storyline you gave was just fantastic everything you bring out is fantastic. Great work and cant wait too see more of your future work Keep It Up. Oh you have my vote for a hot pick. Very Inspiring Film

Posted on September 8, 2006
- DNR

Very thaught provoking movie..The title is perfect..I love how you showed every angle..Being a man who works prodominantly with women I have heard them having these conversations..Very Real Movie Dulci Great Work

Posted on September 8, 2006
- Morris101

What a great movie. It reminded me of Sliding doors a bit and then you went and kranked it up a knotch. Both men and women can relate to this movie. Who has not looked upon on their life and wondered what could have been. You have also hit on many day to day problems people encounter with their life choices.

The quality of this movie is WAY up there. The only thing I could add is that the message at the begining and end went a little too fast to read straight off.

This is a MUST WATCH movie
A great movie from a great studio

Take care

Posted on September 8, 2006
- postmodernchuck

I�??m going to be droll, academic, and stodgy. Bear with me.

In Gender Trouble, radical feminist and cultural critic Judith Butler writes that the social construct of gender promotes acts, gestures, and desires that produce the fraudulent effect of an internal core, a sort of false naturalization of gender specificity conditioning that ultimately forces the subject (or �??object,�?? if we view this from the patriarchal viewpoint) into �??performative�?? acts that comprise the whole of our assigned gender role. In a nutshell, the conceptualization and construction of a gendered identity and the gender hierarchy itself is largely prefigured on the theatricality of the participants; we are socialized with a script on how to perform within our assigned parts, huffing and puffing, barking and shouting, playing into the old archetypes all the way to the curtain call. Thus, the roles men and women are supposed to play may seem �??natural,�?? but are instead dictated on a social / cultural / political level. There is no internal gender core �?? only the fiction we�??re told in order to perform within a certain paradigm.

Some people seem to be reinterpreting and misinterpreting Dulci�??s latest film, Choices. They assume that if a woman plays the role of mother, wife, and caregiver �?? the housewife �?? she inevitably falls within the gender trap and becomes a victim of patriarchal reconfiguration. That the filmmaker chooses to celebrate what many conceive as a fumbling step downward into the lower tiers of the western gender hierarchy sends shockwaves of froth-mouthed rage to many, and strikes a subtle chord with the viewer. Even more problematic, the filmmaker gives us other variations of the same theme, only from different perspectives. In Choices, all roles are considered equal. How could Dulci dare place the various roles women play side by side without belittling one or championing the other? How could a work of so-called �??feminist art�?? give us a bird�??s eye view into the worlds of working mothers, career women, and housewives without raising its fist against the patriarchal machinery that manufactured these roles for women to be consigned into in the first place?

I think many are forgetting the title of the film �?? Choices. A woman chooses to be an individual �?? distinct and autonomous. Many viewers carry the assumption that the woman on-screen represents something beyond the individual �?? and she becomes a symbolic creation, a void to fill our need for meaning. Here, Dulci shows feminism, at its core, is a belief system constituting the rights and emancipation of women, with one of the system�??s nucleus being the right to CHOOSE. In Dulci�??s film, we see women criticized solely on the grounds of how their performance defies some neatly categorized tenet of the continuum of gender specification. Whether she is chided for playing into some patriarchal model of �??woman,�?? condemned for openly defying the dominant hegemony, or lambasted for juggling between the two polarities, the protagonist of the film is criticized under the basis of a single guiding principle: her gender. Judged solely on the basis of her gendered performance, the protagonist can never be judged as an individual making legitimate choices and is, instead, tokenized as some autonomized symbol of womanhood. Such an assertion is a demeaning one �?? whether it is masculinist or feminist �?? because it belittles the individual into some sort of cultural signifier for what someone �?? ANYONE �?? believes gender specification should entail. Flattening the personality, dissecting the individuality, and destroying her character �?? many try to find meaning in the various performances. We should, instead, focus less on the performance and more on the person.

For Dulci, the power to choose represents a powerful weapon that deflects the judgment of patriarchal modes of thought and discourse while reconstructing what we believe feminism should ultimately represent. It�??s the sort of battle-cry that shows how feminism is more than the �??sisterhood of sob sisters�?? Camile Paglia so snobbishly writes about �?? and instead encompasses the whole of the individualized choices a woman can make to find her happiness and personal freedom. It is a powerful, humanistic, and life-affirming film that demonstrates how performative acts can pigeonhole the individual into enacting some gender fantasia �?? and how our subversion of these principles always leads to the most important byproduct of any life �?? happiness, though and through.

Posted on September 7, 2006
- sisch

This is a very thought provoking movie - and instead of giving a normal review, I would like to tell you something.. even when I was very young, maybe 10 years old, I knew I would not want to have kids - then, lots of people said to me: wait until you grow older and meet the right man, then you will want them! I hated that, because they all seemed to think that it was just a childish behaviour, when I absolutely knew that I meant it... as the years went by, nothing changed, I still don´t have children, and don´t want any, my biological clock never started ticking, and I have partner that shares my views... but I do respect women who see it otherwise, and what I really want to say is: why is it such a problem to let women choose as they want? And more, accept the choice, and don´t try to influence them, or always find some fault with the choice?
This is why I love your movie, Dulci: it shows what a dilemma women are in! Whichever way we choose, there´s always someone there who tells us what would be better for us! And very often, it´s other women telling us our way of life is wrong.. I think that has to change!

Posted on September 7, 2006
- Legend51

I think i will get the easy part out the way first and try not to spoil the movie for anyone before thay see it. When it comes to quality you allways shine and this is no exception. The music and VOs were perfect and the editing superb. I know you spent a lot of time perfecting this movie and it has really paid off, you have done an amazing job.

Now to the storyline. I liked the fact that in this movie there is one choice that defines how Julia's life will turn out. However i saw more to it than that. That one choice also leads to making other choices on a daily basis, whether large or small they all make a difference. The fact that getting married had different results showed this and to me that made the movie seem all the more realistic. The ending was also perfect, all the different possibile endings were upbeat and none of them detracted from the other.

All in all i loved this movie and could not fault it at all. You should be proud of this as it is very accomplished and a joy to watch.

Posted on September 7, 2006
- Timo666

Which choice is the right one? I guess everyone has to find out for themselves...

Another great movie from you Dulci, just what I expected. Did you ever make a bad one? I don't think so and I also don't think that this will ever happen!

Keep up your superb work and with this one you're in for another nomination in my Top 5 list this week!

Posted on September 7, 2006
- SilverStarlight

This was wonderful. It's an awesome movie. Great voices. It was interesting to see this woman's life being spun off in different directions.

Posted on September 7, 2006
- ubernewbie

It makes you stop and think about the relevance of what our decisions are, why we value what other people think of us and why raising a child is so undervalued. I have personal experiences with all 3 in one form or another.

Posted on September 7, 2006
- StokeStudios

A great storyline, meaty characters, and excellent VOs - I liked it.
(woo hoo - overlays too! ;o)

Posted on September 7, 2006
- AxeCinema

1 woman.. 4 choices...

A very deep movie, showing four paths of a woman's life if she were to choose differently from a base event.

Once again, Dulci hits home - a very thought provoking movie.

great work

Posted on September 7, 2006
- heuser7719

wow...very good Dulci.
This is a excellent Story..
I like it really.
I´m impressed about your work here.
Good Job.

Posted on September 7, 2006
- heuser7719

wow...very good Dulci.
This is a excellent Story..
I like it really.
I´m impressed about your work here.
Good Job.

Posted on September 7, 2006
- heuser7719

wow...very good Dulci.
This is a excellent Story..
I like it really.
I´m impressed about your work here.
Good Job.

Posted on September 7, 2006
- docontheweb

I absolutely loved this film. This is one of those rare films on TMO that make me sit back and think on an emotional, ethical, and philisophical level. Something rarely, if ever, seen on this site. The story you have written has a very powerful and heartfelt message that you bring across flawlessly in this movie.

I must also mention your approach to telling the story...pure brilliance. The way that you interweave the possible choices that Julia could have made with her life was nothing short of amazing, and you were able to pull it off in an incredible fashion. This is most certainly, without a doubt, one of my all time favorite movies on TMO. Spectacular stuff.

Posted on September 7, 2006
- ShiningIdeal

Solely on the merits of the film, it is completely a success.

The blocking in the scenes is well chosen, backdrops and camera angles artistically used. The writing is sharp, refined and only at one small point did I worry that it grew somewhat unnatural.

Vocals were well delivered and thoughtful, well timed. The flow of the movie was a constant progressive stream that didn't allow any time for boredom. The balanced view allows you to come off without preaching for any of the three possibilities shown.

Here, overall is a success worthy of five stars.

Now, in the next breath.. on a philosophical level I have some problems with it. I wonder if adopting the most stereotypical roles one assumes is a definate way of showing choice. Especially when these stereotypes are largely ones created by male perception to limit the options of women. And it isn't that they didn't have their own place but I would have liked to see them layered with other things. I could get into a long tirade here and branch off into third-wave feminism and popular perception and control of ideas but that would get somewhat ridiculous here. I guess I just was a little.. disappointed.

Posted on September 6, 2006
- Mestoph72

Another superb masterpiece from Dulci! I loved the characterizations; they're what make this film standout. Each character, including the different aspects of Julia, are masterfully created.

Posted on September 6, 2006
- tasmania11

it is not useally my kind of movie..but this movie was very good.
the story did captivate my attention.people with different problem seem to be link togheter in life.hope I say this right!..it sound good in french....anyway..
very good VO,well acted.the music is good.
overall a very good movie.

Posted on September 6, 2006
- Daninsky

Wow, Dulci, that was so deep. :p

Usually I tend to be a nitpick on the technical aspects (mostly because that's the only thing one can crizise in your movies, without coming off as a petty little bugger) but in this case I will only say that I loved the way you used the Wild West Bedroom.

Great movie with a great, all to true, message:
We tend to see just our little corner of life and measure everyone else on our own expiriences and goals, unable to admit to ourselfes or others there could be different things life that are just as important, just as worthy.

I liked how you showed that there are no wrong or right decisions in life, but instead it only depends on what we make out of it.

So, let me say once more with feeling (and meaning it this time):
Wow, Dulci, that was so deep.

Posted on September 6, 2006
- Vesobe

Superbly crafted, beautifully realised, sublimely thought out.

Choices is a real gem of a movie, with a clarity of insight and communication that's rarely found on or off TMO. Ideas that are intrinsically problematic (such as showing multiple storylines for the same character) are handled with effortless grace. The philosophical dialogue is intelligent, deep and accessible.

A masterpiece, a cult classic, a real pleasure to watch. Highly, highly recommended

Posted on September 6, 2006
- alfric

a very interesting narrative structure...
great edit and handling of the multiple strands of your plot...
worked both as entertainment and as a thought provoking movie...
though i must say that all the choices turn out well...surely some wouldnt,maybe scope for another movie.....bad choices..haha
i must say a super Vo cast throughout...
i liked it....nice one...

Posted on September 6, 2006
- pegleg

This is a difficult one to review as it's a movie about perspectives. I would argue quite a Liberal Feminist ideology is the running theme as the story looks at choices within a system. Personally I've always questioned that system really because of my education and radical left wing politics. I won't dig any deeper as I'm male.
My initial thought was this could have been a continuation of Four Sisters. I could almost see those thoughts flash through someones mind when asked the question 'will you marry me'. It's why it's not easy to say 'yes'. I could then see a layer of fears anxieties and more importantly hope, maybe even someones linear work/life cycle. I know this movie is deeply personal and I love how you have portrayed and conveyed the argument. I hope this gets a great audience because it's the type of movie you have to actively engage with rather than passively receive.
But I would like to end with a quetion what happens if a system is corrupt and the perspectives and choices we make are patriarchal? Think about it because sometimes we don't have the choices and freedom we think we have, it can all be a Mythology?

Posted on September 6, 2006
- OlliEntertainment

Another excellent movie by Dulci....
Great story, great Voices....

Film on!!!

Posted on September 6, 2006
- murpheykid

Emotionally heart wrenching. Those are the three words that really come to mind when I watch this film. This film is a gem among so many movies out there. It is hard to describe the beauty and wonder of this film. This is Dulci's directing at her finest. And I must say that this is Dulci's best film to date. "Choices" shows the audience the importance of our everyday decisions. And it does it extremely well, almost poetic. The soundtrack is beautiful as well as the editing. My favorite Dulci movie to date, and it has received my recommendation.

Posted on September 6, 2006
- Mericc

And yet again, Dulci shows her talent for introspective films. Choices is an engaging look into the different paths that a woman can take in her life, and how at the end of each path she can find happiness.
The storytelling and direction in this was very interesting. I like how the proposal scene is played out multiple times but with it going a different direction in each. The editing was as solid as it always is with a Dulci production and the music helped to keep the mood. Once again, I really enjoyed how in every scenario it shows that the main character is, for the most part, happy with how her life turned out and it is left to secondary characters to do the second guessing. I was afraid that you would bias yourself towards one or the other, but you did a great job in showing that each choice is equally valid. What matters in the end is what makes you happy. Very well done.

Posted on September 6, 2006
- PearsonHouse

I hate it when I am the first to rate a movie, but nevermind...From the opening scenes, I just knew this was going to be a good movie. The set dressing was perfect. The story was good and interesting. The VO's sounded great and were convincing. I liked the music, but I felt it needed to be quieter at times. I liked the modded bedroom a lot. Excellent movie! �?�(�?�¿�?�)�?�

Posted on September 6, 2006