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Movie Natters: June 5, 2009 Archive

Revanche is a rarity: a film for grown-ups

Posted at 8:49 AM on June 5, 2009 by Euan Kerr

It's one of the sad wonders of living in the Midwest that sometimes it still takes months for movies to get here (and I write this in full knowledge there are many communities in Minnesota where you will never be able to see anything but a big studio movie at the local picture palace.)

The Oscars are long come and gone, but now we are finally getting theatrical runs of the some nominees for best foreign language film.

The Austrian movie "Revanche" is well worth the wait. It's been some months since I saw the film for the first time, courtesy of the Beyond Borders Festival, and I can truly say it's a movie that sticks with you.

It begins as the story of Alex, a man who works as a handyman in a Viennese brothel decides to help his girlfriend Tamara, who works there, escape. He imagines a much better life for them both.

It's a case of the road to hell being paved with good intentions, because things go wrong triggering a series of unintended consequences. It leads to Alex looking for revenge.

Director Götz Spielmann has created a tense little world where seemingly unconnected people and things are in reality deeply and inextricably linked.

Alex's task is to work out what is really happening, which is far from easy.

This is a deeply satisfying film, and if you enjoy a good brain-twisting thriller it should be on you list of "must sees."

A concession stand to remember

Posted at 10:22 AM on June 5, 2009 by Euan Kerr

Thanks to Tracy Singleton of the Birchwood Cafe who sent me this image from the screening of "Fresh" at the Riverview the other night. She says some 700 people turned up, including one of the farmers on the post-screening panel from Riverbend Farm in Delano who brought tomato plants to share. It's an interesting juxtaposition of foods!

Something a little different this weekend

Posted at 12:33 PM on June 5, 2009 by Euan Kerr (1 Comments)

It's the 65th anniversary of D Day tomorrow and the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis is marking the event with 3pm screenings of "The Longest Day" on Saturday and Sunday. Veterans and people under 15 get in free, and several veterans will be on hand to talk about what happened on that momentous day. Details at the Parkway site.

Also there are the screenings of "Man with a Movie Camera" at the Mounds Theater.

The Oak Street is back in business and has weekend screenings of the highly respected portrait of a Mexican Mennonite community "Silent Light."

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