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This Week In Film: May 12th, 2007

Posted by Daniel / May 12, 2007

Truth be told, there is little happening this week in terms of off-the-radar screenings and film fests so let's have a look at what the mainstream theatres are offering up for cinematic consumption.

Note: The Montreal Underground Film Festival kicks off on Thursday but the program is so dense that it deserves its own post, which will be up later in the week--keep your eyes peeled.

If you're a fan of homegrown author Douglas Coupland and his tales of modern alienation and nostalgia, be sure to catch Everything's Gone Green, the author's debut as a screenwriter. The film, which tells the tale of a disaffected twentysomething and the lessons he will undoubtedly learn, is painted with Coupland's signature acerbic wit and biting dialogue. The film takes place in Vancouver so for all you B.C. ex-pats who miss the greenery of home, know that the city is featured prominently and affectionately.

This week is all about debuts, as Sarah Polley steps out from in front of the lens and moves behind it with her first foray into directing--the critically acclaimed Away From Her. An adaptation of the Alice Munro short story, Polley's film examines the crippling effect of Alzheimer's disease.

Watch as a couple (played by Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent) deals with the pitfalls of dementia, heartbreak, and loss. Sounds bleak I know, but why go to the cinema if not to feel something genuine. With this film Polley shows us that she may be Canada's most promising and talented export since Ryan Larkin and/or Pam Anderson--can't quite decide.

Finally, as part of the David Lynch retrospect that's been burning down Cinema Du Parc, check out The Short Films of David Lynch--a collection of his earliest works that can perhaps best be described by the "plot keywords" that appear on imdb: amputee, blood, cowboy. Fun for the whole family indeed....

Opening This Week:

28 weeks later
Georgia Rule
The Ex
Everything's Gone Green



Sami / May 13, 2007 at 06:27 pm
Thanks for the heads up. There is also a great ongoing program at the Cinématheque Québecoise that's worth mentioning as part of this week's offerings. It includes a great set of Japanese classics (Ozu, Kobayashi and Mizogushi among other directors; some of the most beautiful movies ever made.) Woman in the Dunes is showing Sunday.

Jacques Tati's Les Vacances de Mr Hulot is playing Wednesday night, along with a very interesting double feature earlier that evening, a short cinematic railway journey across Canadian winter landscapes, followed by an hour-long cultural and visual exploration of Sainte-Catherine Street.

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