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REVIEW In this intensely personal, spiritual, metaphorical production, filmmaker Kathleen Laughlin explores the dimensions and significance of menopause. Impressionistic nature footage with symbolic themes of flowing water and rock formations is interspersed with memory reenactments from the filmmaker's youth and with talking-head interviews to rhythmicall structure menopausal women's intimate, revealing, and intriguing remarks. Heard from are artists, psychotherapists, Native Americans, lesbians, and followers of goddess religions, among others, who explore the physical symptoms of menopause, their changing sexuality, the empowering effects of creativity, and the importance of ceremonial recognition. With its feminist, holistic proclivities, this video offers bracing counterpoint to mainstream views of this universal, natural life experience.

--Irene Wood
  Booklist, 1997