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)
FELIX AND MEIRA
(FÉLIX ET MEIRA)
2014, Maxime Giroux, Canada, 105 min. With Hadas Yaron, Martin Dubreuil
"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
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.
2014, Jody Lee Lipes, USA, 75 min.
“Short, vigorous and charming.”
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Exhilarating...a delight for balletophiles.”
— Ronnie Scheib, Variety
A corrective to pop-culture portraits of ballet as an overheated arena of backstage psychodramas presided over by sadistic taskmasters, BALLET 422 finds more than enough drama in the nuts and bolts of the creative process. The film focuses on Justin Peck, a low-ranking but conspicuously talented 25-year-old dancer in the New York City Ballet who is given the extraordinary opportunity to create a new ballet--the 422nd in the company’s fabled history. Using the classic cinéma-vérité approach of direct observation without narration or interviews, director Lipes draws upon his skills as a top indie cinematographer (TINY FURNITURE, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE) to provide an authentic and often visually stunning step-by-step account of the painstaking collaborative effort that goes into producing a ballet. DCP digital. (MR)