April showers bring… May flowers? Okay, but we’re here to talk about film, not flora! And this month’s line-up isn’t a typical walk in the park. I suggest you pack some extra faith, a scorned lover, your best fighter plane and some red wine for the journey.
Do you believe in miracles? Christine does. Confined to a wheelchair for most of her life, she makes a pilgrimage to LOURDES, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains, where a handsome volunteer from the Order of Malta takes an interest in her. Ladies, I don’t know about you, but this sounds a tad more fulfilling than trawling the bars for “the one.” Then again, sometimes one isn’t enough. Take Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. VINCERE tells the story of Ida Dalser, his lover who gave up everything to champion his revolutionary ideas, only to be dumped and thrown in an asylum when he decided to marry someone else. Ouch. Not TERRIBLY HAPPY, is it? Set in Denmark, a Copenhagen police officer is transferred to a small town following a nervous breakdown. Life there quickly spirals downward into an intense fable reminiscent of the Coen Brothers or David Lynch. A crime drama of a very different ilk, AJAMI (Academy Award Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film) is set on the streets of Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood – a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians – where a dramatic collision of worlds with tragic consequences. The drama continues with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Based on the best-selling trilogy of books by Stieg Larsson, this film unravels the mystery of Harriet Vanger, who disappeared from a family gathering forty years ago. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. Yikes.
But there’s more to life than the dark side, I promise! Come on over for MID-AUGUST LUNCH, a charming tale of good food, feisty ladies and unlikely friendships during a very Roman holiday. And let your spirit soar to the skies with THE RED BARON… at the age of just 24, Baron Manfred von Richthofen is the crack pilot of the German aerial combat forces – a legend in his own time, a hero at home and a man both feared and respected by the enemy, he becomes famous the world over. Pop an umbrella and get thee to an Emerging Cinema, where it’s raining high drama, sweeping romance and miracles.
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