Blu-ray, DVD Release: Just Like a Woman

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 22, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $34.98
Studio: Cohen Media/Entertainment One

Just Like a Woman movie scene

Sienna Miller (r.) and Golshifteh Farahani do their dance in Just Like a Woman.

Two beautiful women who are barely more than casual acquaintances, escape the prisons of their unhappy marriages and embark on a revealing journey of self discovery in the  2012 drama Just Like a Woman.

Financially strapped Chicago secretary Marilyn (Sienna Miller, Stardust) has just lost her job. Already saddled with a deadbeat, cheating husband, she decides to chuck it all. With a dream of being a belly dancer, she decides to go to New Mexico to compete in a prestigious belly dancing competition. Meanwhile, Mona (Golshifteh Farahani, In the Name of the Father), a North African immigrant stuck in an arranged marriage, has just inadvertently killed her nightmarish mother-in-law and needs to get out of town fast. Meeting and uniting for a journey to the Southwest in a top-down convertible, the two ladies pay their way by stopping in dumpy clubs and restaurants to belly dance. Along with the tips they make on this journey to a new life, they pick up valuable lessons in the power of true friendship and self-worth.

Directed and co-written by French-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb (whose Days of Glory was Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film of 2006), the R-rated Just Like a Woman received a small rollout on the festival circuit and an equally small release to U.S. theaters in July, 2013 to rather tepid reviews. On the positive side, Stephen Schaefer of The Boston Herald described the film as “surprisingly charming—a Thelma and Louise with belly dancing.”

There are no bonus features on the discs save for a picture gallery and theatrical trailer.

Hmmmm…well, we’ve got to admit we’re a little bit curious. And, as per the trailer, the ladies look undeniably fetching in the belly dancing sequences.

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.