Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

FELIX AND MEIRA

(FÉLIX ET MEIRA)

2014, Maxime Giroux, Canada, 105 min. With Hadas Yaron, Martin Dubreuil

Show Times

  • Fri, May 29th 6:00pm
  • Fri, May 29th 8:00pm
  • Sat, May 30th 7:45pm
  • Sun, May 31st 3:00pm
  • Sun, May 31st 5:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 1st 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jun 2nd 8:15pm
  • Thu, Jun 4th 8:15pm
Plays In: Movie Club
Chicago premiere!

"Distinguishes itself through its subtlety and sensitivity."
— Peter Debruge, Variety

“Shows an outstanding hand at observation and subtlety... Yaron’s lovely performance forms the heart of the film."
— Pat Mullen, Cinemablographer

A naïve young Hasidic wife and new mother chafes under the severity and ritual embraced by her devout husband and his family, rebelling through secret birth control pills and a love of forbidden soul music. In the depths of a Montreal winter, Meira (Yaron of FILL THE VOID) crosses paths with Felix (Dubreuil), middle-aged, spiritually adrift, and without direction in the wake of his father’s death. Against all odds, each finds a new reason for hope in the other, but director Giroux has a more complex goal than crafting a simplistic romance. Cultural differences take their toll on the would-be lovers, and tentative steps toward joy will exact a hefty price. In French, English, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

The 6:00 pm screening on Wednesday, June 3, is a Movie Club event, facilitated by Todd Hasak-Lowy, novelist (“Captives”), translator, author of “Here and Now: History, Nationalism, and Realism in Hebrew Fiction,” and teacher of creative writing and literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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