The Power of Estrogen
Portland Women's Film Festival
Coming Up Easy, by local filmmaker Rebecca Rodriguez, is a feature-length film about domestic violence and sexual abuse that reinforces why POW needs to exist in the first place. The movie resonates with an impact that outstrips its quality, simply because the subject matter is generally relegated to trashy paperbacks and made-for-TV movies about gymnasts. (That is to say, it's sensationalized and made sordid.) Coming Up Easy is by no means perfect, but it is, for the most part, even-keeled and realistic, and this forthright approach lends the film an unexpected power.