French-Canadian prodigy Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother) returns with a hyper-stylized ode to the pleasure and pain of young love. Dolan costars with the devastatingly stylish Monia Chokri as best friends vying for the affections of a beautiful but elusive Adonis named Nicholas. Swooning romanticism is offset by a wry sense of humor, displaying a mastery of form that marks Dolan as one of the most promising young talents working today.
French with subtitles, 102 min.
Lipsett Diaries is a moving, expressionistic portrait of the troubled life of filmmaker Arthur Lipsett.
Shirin has made a comfortable if solitary life for herself in her adoptive Canada, but her carefully constructed walls begin to crumble when fellow Iranian Leila moves in next door with her young daughter. Both women embrace the freedom they’ve found away from cultural and familial obligations but soon realize that it too has its limits. This nuanced, pathos-filled debut presents an exploration of the complex identity of women as mothers, wives, and friends.
English, Farsi with subtitles, 105 min.
An intuitive chronicle of one woman’s physical and emotional journey, Twice a Woman follows Catherine as she makes the near-impossible decision to leave her violent husband, taking their sensitive teenage son and fleeing to northern Quebec. With the help of a support group, she and her son struggle to reinvent themselves from whole cloth, adopting new identities and wiping the past clean. But the raw wounds they bear are not so easily salved.
French with subtitles, 94 min.
Oblivious to the civil war raging around him, Adam, a pool attendant at a private club, takes fierce pride in his job and his son. The implications of the war land at his doorstep when the club changes hands and he loses his position, replaced by his son. Seething with humiliation and envy and under pressure from military factions, Adam finds himself contemplating a shocking act of betrayal in this Cannes Jury Prize winner.
Arabic, French with subtitles, 91 min.
Based on the novel by Gabriel García Marquez, this visually stunning film presents an unconventional love story, full of beauty and mystery. When a 13-year-old girl contracts rabies
Spanish with subtitles, 97 min.
The titular coward in this whimsical comedy is a gentle man, in the most unfortunate sense of the term. His ex-wife taunts him, his child ignores him, and his boss berates him; but his extreme meekness renders him unable to speak out against this harsh treatment. When he finally gets in touch with his inner alpha male after meeting Ines, a pretty and opinionated masseuse, he finds that speaking his mind carries its own brand of trouble.
Croatian with subtitles, 95 min.
In The Swimmers (Cuba), a swimming instructor teaches children to swim in a little town near Havana, but there’s only one problem: the pool is empty.
Spanish with subtitles, 12 min.