This Week in Film: When We Leave, Nashville, A Screaming Man, Network, Detroit 9000, The Legend of Pale Male, The Woman in the Window
MONDAY MARCH 21ST / WHEN WE LEAVE / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 9:30PM
You can never go back home again they say, and in When We Leave it seems to be true. Umay is an abused wife who has left her husband in Turkey and returned to her parents in Germany with her son in tow. Instead of being welcomed with open arms, she is made painfully aware about how her actions will affect the family. As cultures clash, tensions flame high and the family remains divided, but Umay has never been so threatened or so free. Tickets are $12 for non-members, $9 for members and can be bought at the cinema or online.
TUESDAY MARCH 22ND / NASHVILLE / BLOOR CINEMA / 9:10PM
Ego, desire and ambition collide in Nashville, Altman's vision of the south and the country music scene as he saw it in the mid-seventies. The film follows a few days leading up to a political rally that major country star Barbara Jean and friends will be performing at. But as with everything else by Robert Altman, it's really all about the people and Nashville has it all; scheming politicians, rock stars, groupies and wannabes as make their way to the rally, stepping over each others lives and careers along the way. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $7 for members and can be purchased at the cinema.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 23RD / A SCREAMING MAN / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 2PM, 4:15PM, 6:30PM
Winner of the Cannes Jury Prize just last year, A Screaming Man almost echoes Network star Howard Beale's exclamation "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" but put into context in Chad, a country torn by civil war, the sentiment becomes more dire. Town hero and swimming champion Adam has a modest but honest job tending the pool at a luxury hotel alongside his son, but when downsizes occur due to new foreign owners, Adam leaves his position to allow his son to still work. Unemployed, bitter and fuming, he finds himself sympathizing with revolutionaries in his neighbourhood, an action which leads to more pain. Tickets are $12 for non-members, $9 for members and can be bought at the cinema or online.
THURSDAY MARCH 24TH / NETWORK / BLOOR CINEMA / 4:30PM
As already mentioned, Network is the film that coined the phrase about hell and being mad and not taking it anymore. For the uninitiated, it is a dark satire about a television network with dismally bad ratings and the angry anchor who ends up attracting an audience with his brusque, devil-may-care attitude. Unfortunately this leads the network down an immoral spiral as their programs become more and more unethical, all in the name of ratings. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $7 for members and can be purchased at the cinema.
If 4:30 in the afternoon is a bit early for you, Network is also playing at the Bloor Wednesday March 23rd at 9:10pm.
FRIDAY MARCH 25TH / EXPLOITATION ALLEY PRESENTS DETROIT 9000 / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 9:30PM
Exploitation Alley returns this Friday with yet another gem from the vaults, Detroit 9000! A big favourite with Quentin Tarantino who helped champion it to a video release in the late 90's, the film features 'the biggest rip off of the decade in the murder capital of the world!' With shoot-outs occurring in dining halls and cemeteries alike, the city goes up in arms to find the crook. As a staple exploitation film, Detroit 9000 also comes complete with musical/dance sequences, hookers, mobsters and dirty cops. Tickets are $8 and can be bought at the cinema.
SATURDAY MARCH 26TH / HIGH PARK NATURE CENTRE PRESENTS THE LEGEND OF PALE MALE / REVUE CINEMA / 1PM
It's about time somebody completed a documentary about Pale Male, the somewhat famous red-tailed hawk in New York who's lived very visibly in the Central Park area for almost two decades now. When people aren't gossiping about his newest mate or his offspring, he's become an interesting specimen for observation and animal rights debates. With people photographing his every move and tweeting his location to the web, he definitely gets more attention and coverage than some b-list celebrities in the city! Suggested ticket price is $5 and can be bought at the cinema.
SUNDAY MARCH 27TH / THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 1PM
A film noir with an everyman antagonist, The Woman in the Window follows an unhappy psychology professor who develops an obsession with a young woman after falling in love with a painting of her that he saw hanging in a store window. When upon a chance encounter he is able to meet her, he takes advantage of her trusting nature to lure her to his home with only one intention in his mind. But is she as innocent as he thought she was? Is he as bad? Tickets are $12 for non-members, $9 for members and can be bought at the cinema or online.
Lead still of When We Leave
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