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Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman

Exploring the modern female life
By PEG ALOI  |  April 9, 2008
3.0 3.0 Stars
FLYING: Jennifer Fox goes beyond solipsistic whining.

This documentary mini-series by Jennifer Fox (An American Love Story) is a personal memoir of, as she puts it, “this modern female life.” Juggling two lovers (one married, one tolerant of polyamory), Fox has a pregnancy scare that prompts her to explore being single, childless, and 42. She “passes the camera” among friends in her Manhattan loft and in her various ports of call as an educator. Pat, the singer with chronic pain after removal of a brain tumor, and L’Dawn, the divorced mom embroiled in a bitter court battle with her ex, are two of her circle of co-conspirators. It’s tempting to dismiss Fox’s soul searching as solipsistic whining, given her affluent lifestyle, her 20 years of therapy. But as she scrutinizes sexual autonomy among Cambodian prostitutes and South African victims of genital mutilation, she reveals humility and empathy. At six hours, with its deliberate pacing and thoughtful editing, Flying makes for an absorbing viewing experience. 353 minutes | MFA: April 17-19
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