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2010 — 46th Chicago International Film Festival

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Delisle, François

Twice a Woman Twice a Woman

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.

Ding, Sheng

Little Big Soldier Little Big Soldier

Empire battles empire and Jackie Chan battles everyone in this slapstick epic. Chan, a soldier who survives because he’s good at playing dead, captures an enemy general and attempts to turn him in for a bounty, but a dizzying array of armies, barbarians, betrayals, and natural wonders stands in his way. Bitter enemies at first, Chan and the general realize they must work together if either is to survive.

Mandarin with subtitles, 96 min.

Dolan, Xavier

Heartbeats Heartbeats

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.

Dörrie, Dorris

Hairdresser, The Hairdresser, The

Big is beautiful in this colorful comedy about an obese stylist who bears the burdens of her size with indefatigable good humor. Kathi, having recently relocated to Berlin with her teenage daughter after her husband left her for a younger, thinner woman, decides to open her own salon when she is refused employment because of her appearance. To fund this new venture, she defies adversity and takes on her most outrageous challenge yet.

German with subtitles, 106 min.

Ducastel, Olivier

Family Tree Family Tree

When stern patriarch Frédérick refuses to attend his eldest son’s funeral, his absence outrages his surviving children and dredges up secrets that threaten to shatter the family. The directors behind Born in ’68 present a generous meditation on shame and its multigenerational repercussions, breathing life into its buried-secret storyline. Three generations of actors create an unforgettable portrait of a family that doesn’t know itself.

French with subtitles, 97 min.

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