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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Bra

2018, Veit Helmer, Germany/Azerbaijan, 90 min.
Predag Manojlovic, Denis Lavant, Paz Vega

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 29th 2:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 30th 3:00pm

"This absurdist scenario plays out with such breezy wit and wide-eyed charm that it overcomes any potential for creepy sleaze."--Anton Bitel, Sight & Sound

The Cinderella story gets a clever and mildly risqué twist in this fable-like comedy that evokes Jacques Tati in its lack of dialogue and abundance of ingeniously staged visual gags. Nurlan (Manojlovic) is an aging, unmarried train driver who travels the same rural route every day, his passage through a narrow and crowded right-of-way sometimes sweeping up objects that he dutifully returns to their owners. On his last day before retirement, his engine snags a brassiere off a wash line, and Nurlan doggedly sets out to find the damsel whose assets fit the garment. Many try it on, but it's always a case of too much or too little, as Nurlan is driven to devise such ruses as posing as a lingerie salesman and hijacking a mobile breast X-Ray unit. The film's tone is more whimsical than smarmy--Nurlan's quest seems motivated mainly by a sense of duty and a desire to tie up the last loose end from his working life before moving on. Filmed in Azerbaijan by German comedy specialist Helmer (ABSURDISTAN, TUVALU), THE BRA features an international cast that includes Denis Lavant and Paz Vega. No dialogue. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Pluto Film. (MR)

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