Mercury in Retrograde
2017, Michael Glover Smith, USA, 105 min. With Najarra Townsend, Roxane Mesquida.
- Fri, Feb 16th 8:15pm
- Mon, Feb 19th 7:45pm
- Wed, Feb 21st 7:45pm
“A remarkable film.” — Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com
“Beautifully filmed…laser-like scrutiny coupled with artistic sensitivity.” — Debra Davy, Splash Magazines
Three Chicago couples at various stages of their relationships — veteran marrieds Jack and Golda, recently hooked-up Peggy and Wyatt, and longer-term but still uncommitted Isabelle and Richard — come together for a weekend at a woodsy Michigan cabin. The group soon teams up along gender lines, with the men and the women engaging in separate activities, most tellingly on the final evening when, loosened by booze and rain, the women repair to a local bar while the men smokescreen their anxieties behind a discussion of Dashiell Hammett’s mystery novel "The Glass Key." The temporary separation from their respective partners shakes each of the sextet out of their familiar perspectives, accelerating below-the-surface shifts that will have a lasting impact on all of their lives. Chicago-based film critic Smith (White City Cinema) improves upon his impressive first film COOL APOCALYPSE with more polished camerawork and acting (including Alana Arenas of Steppenwolf and French star Roxane Mesquida of FAT GIRL), sharpening his already formidable skills for supremely observant relationship drama. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)
Friday, 2/16 at 8:15 PM: Director Michael Glover Smith, producer/actor Shane Simmons, and actor Trevor Dawkins are scheduled to appear for an audience discussion moderated by film critic David J. Fowlie of keeping-it-reel.com
Monday, 2/19 at 7:45 PM: Director Michael Glover Smith, producer/actor Shane Simmons, and cinematographer Jason Chiu are scheduled to appear for an audience discussion moderated by film critic Matt Fagerholm of RogerEbert.com
Wednesday, 2/21 at 7:45 PM: Director Michael Glover Smith, producer/actor Shane Simmons, actor Jack Newell, producer Kevin Wright, and editor Frank V. Ross are scheduled to appear for an audience discussion moderated by film critic Ian Simmons of Kicking the Seat.