Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
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Biography:
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat have been discovering spiritual meanings in films for 40 years. We are always on the lookout for movies that "speak to our condition" (a Quaker phrase) and reveal new possibilities for our lives. We love dramas that touch on universal experiences, knock down barriers between people, and evoke our compassion. We are enriched by stories that touch our hearts and send us out of the theater rejoicing. A truly good film is not only thought-provoking and entertaining, it also leaves the viewer with a sense of what it means to live deeply and fully every day. We are the authors of two books, Spiritual Literacy and Spiritual Rx, in which we frequently use movies to illustrate spiritual "takes" on everyday experience. We also regularly prepare "Values & Visions" Discussion Guides for film clubs. You can read about our approach to movies in "Befriending Films" and "Spirituality and Films" in the Spirituality & Film section at our website.
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Location: New York, New York
Official Websites: spiritualityandpractice.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 100% Alternate Endings: Six New Ways To Die In America (2019) Six creative ways dying people and their families are taking control of their deaths and the disposal of their remains. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 64% The Sound of Silence (2019) A creative exploration of the interactions between humans and the sounds of the things around them. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 63% Becoming Nobody (2019) An interview with the renowned spiritual teacher on the really big questions of life. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 86% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) A top-drawer documentary about the longtime reigning queen of pop music. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 66% Edie (2019) Inspiring story about an adventuresome elder who discovers the fire inside herself. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
4.5/5 79% Official Secrets (2019) A true story about conscience as a catalyst to change, a spur to morality, and a source of hope. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
5/5 92% Ága (2019) Visually stunning portrait of the spiritual struggles of indigenous people to survive. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/5 97% American Factory (2019) Documentary about how culture clashes in factories highlight changes in the global economy. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 93% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Thought-provoking documentary on the journalist whose humor challenged government incompetence and social injustices. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3.5/5 60% The Front Runner (2018) An account of Gary Hart's short Presidential campaign in the year that politics went tabloid. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
5/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) A buoyant tribute to the power of music to change lives. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3.5/5 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Biodocumentary about a rock star whose love of music helped him overcome his self-destructiveness. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 100% ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas (2019) Story of the blues-inspired rock band who describe themselves as an oddball group. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/5 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) A chilling tale of conspiracy well-told. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3.5/5 50% Ode to Joy (2019) A comedy that encourages viewers to reflect on what makes them happy. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
5/5 72% Light of My life (2019) An extraordinary and deeply spiritual drama about the power of stories and the parent-child bond. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 43% After the Wedding (2019) An emotionally literate drama in which the characters must deal with their past and present choices. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4.5/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) An enigmatic and enlightening drama about the resiliency of the feminine spirit. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey (2019) A fascinating glimpse into the master yoga teacher's philosophy and teaching style. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/5 40% The Operative (2019) An espionage story that gets us wondering who we trust and why. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet A Girl from Mogadishu (2019) Inspiring story of a true activist and exemplar of bearing witness. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/5 59% Astronaut (2019) Sweet story of an old man who never gives up on a dream. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
5/5 99% Honeyland (2019) A heart-stirring eco-documentary about a nurturing female beekeeper in Macedonia. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
5/5 100% For Sama (2019) A heart-wrenching and unflinching documentary filmed by a young mother and citizen journalist living through the siege of Aleppo, Syria. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
5/5 96% Sea of Shadows (2019) A documentary that unreels like an action thriller to tell the story of attempts to save the vaquita porpoise from extinction. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
5/5 97% Rosie (2019) Moving drama about a suddenly homeless family dealing with the challenges of this increasingly common situation. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4.5/5 93% Wild Rose (2019) Surprising story of a Scottish single mother who aspires to be a Nashville singing star. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Documentary about the magical and toxic moments in the lifelong relationship between the poet/songwriter and his muse. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4.5/5 94% Echo In the Canyon (2019) The story of a Los Angeles neighborhood that produced some of the best music of the 1960s. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) Slice-of-life film about a young maid at a luxury hotel coping with and rising above the messiness of her work life. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
5/5 81% Jirga (2019) A powerful story of a soldier seeking to make amends who turns his enemies into friends. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 91% Joy (2018) A grim portrait of migrant Nigerian prostitutes exploited in Austria. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
5/5 No Score Yet Sides of a Horn (2018) A powerful short film that explains the conflict between poachers and rangers over rhinos in Africa. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 22% Phil (2019) Dramedy about a depressed middle-ager tries to unravel the mysteries of life. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3.5/5 73% Papi Chulo (2019) A sensitive portrait of urban loneliness. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
3.5/5 80% Skin in the Game (2019) A sobering portrait of human trafficking for sex in suburban United States. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
4.5/5 63% Yesterday (2019) An imaginative movie about the magic of the Beatles' music. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/5 96% The Edge of Democracy (2019) A hard-hitting documentary about the fall of democracy in Brazil. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) A playful, rambling, and rousing rock music extravaganza. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
5/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) The hopeful story of a natural farm built on biodiversity and a recognition of interconnections, impermanence, and transformation. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
5/5 100% The Lavender Scare (2019) Another shocking and horrific expose of American hatred and ignorance. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
5/5 89% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) A dramedy about all the ways digital technology is shaking the book publishing world to its core. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 100% Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground (2019) A fascinating portrait of a "larger than life" filmmaker and collaborator. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 100% The Proposal (2019) A sophisticated documentary about architecture, power and control, and exquisite beauty. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4.5/5 51% Tolkien (2019) An engaging biopicture that hints at the origins of the themes and style of The Lord of the Rings. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 55% My Son (Mon garçon) (2019) A throttling study of the toxic dynamics of anger. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
4.5 81% Long Shot (2019) A raucous and rambunctious rom-com that makes some good points about gender equality. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4.5 48% Clara (2019) A close encounter with the ineffable mysteries of both human relationships and the universe. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4.5 76% Family (2019) A comedy about a workaholic loner who discovers that she and her niece are not really losers. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
5/5 100% Knock Down the House (2019) A brisk and meaningful look at four women running to change American politics. - Spirituality and Practice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019