In this week’s Wednesday 5 we are sharing with you some of our favorite films streaming on Netflix. Whether you’re hiding away from the cold or taking a much-needed break from the Thanksgiving cooking, shopping, and all-around chaos—or, as our Dr. Patricia Allen recently advised in “Detoxing from the Holidays,” you just want to invest in some rest and relaxation time, here are five films streaming now on Netflix that feature stories of inspiring women. 



‘Haute Cuisine’


Based on real characters and lives, this food-rich drama recounts Hortense Laborie’s experiences as personal chef for the president of France. After reluctantly accepting the job, Hortense braves the intimidating atmosphere of the Élysée
Palace. The film is based on the story of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch’s tenure as private chef to President François Mitterrand.

For a sneak peak, watch the trailer here.



‘The Bletchley Circle’

The Bletchley Circle

Four ordinary women with razor-sharp intelligence skills and an extraordinary flair for code-breaking are the focus of this PBS murder-mystery drama. Having served as code breakers in World War II, the four now focus their talents on catching killers.

See clips and previews on PBS here.



‘Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel’


This intimate and loving portrait of the legendary arbiter of fashion, art, and culture illustrates the many stages of Diana Vreeland’s remarkable life. Born in Paris in 1903, she was to become New York’s “Empress of Fashion” and a celebrated Vogue editor.

Read more about the film at

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‘Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work’


Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work takes the audience on a year-long ride with Joan Rivers; it peels away the mask of an iconic comedienne, laying bare both the struggle and thrill of living life as a groundbreaking female performer.

Read more about the film at

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‘Mama Africa:  Miriam Makeba’


This documentary follows the wide-ranging career of singer Miriam Makeba, from her remarkable performances and activism to her controversy-inspiring marriage to Black Panther Stokely Carmichael and her ambassadorship to the United Nations.

For a sneak peak, watch the trailer here.

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  • Sandi December 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Great choices, all. Loved seeing all these powerfully accomplished women.

  • Roz Warren December 4, 2013 at 11:04 am

    “The Bletchley Circle” circulates like crazy in my library. Now I know why. And I totally agree with you about the Vreeland and Rivers bios. Both hard-driving, fascinating dames who overcame many challenges to follow their dreams. And both films do them justice. Great idea do to a Wednesday 5 devoted to films. WV never lets me down. Thanks.

  • Judith A. Ross December 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Loved both “Haute Cuisine” and “The Bletchley Circle.” Have the Vreeland movie on my list — will have to check out the other two as well!

    Happy Holidays!