Friday Night Flix features films about marriage
BELFAST – October Friday Night Flix at the Belfast Free Library feature films about marriage.
Marriage is a favorite subject of writers, artists and filmmakers since time began. This month’s film series features some unions in the midst of the complications of life.
The series begin on October 5 with A Separation (2011). A married couple are faced with a difficult decision: whether to improve the life of their child by moving to another country, or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
This was the first Iranian film to win an Oscar, for Best Foreign Language Film. 123 min. in Persian/Farsi with subtitles. Rated PG-13 for themes.
On October 12, Locke (2013) tells the story of a construction manager who receives life-changing news just as he is leaving his site. For the rest of the film, he is driving overnight from Birmingham to London, and calling his family to help him make a life-altering decision.
This film is unusual, as it has only one on-screen actor, (Tom Hardy) the other cast members are off-screen. 85 min. In English, with subtitles. Rated R for language.
The Patience Stone (2012) follows on October 19. The film is directed by the French-Afghan Atiq Rahimi, based on his 2008 novel of the same title. In Persian folklore, the patience stone absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. But here, the “stone” to whom a wife confides is her terrorist husband lying brain-dead with a bullet lodged in his neck.
As the wife begins to care for her husband, she speaks to him of her life under Islamic fundamentalism and the past difficult ten years of their marriage, while protecting him and herself in the midst of a war-torn Middle East. Afghanistan and France.
102 min. In Dari, with subtitles. Rated R for some sex, language and violence.
The series concludes on October 26 with Ushpizin (2004) The title translates as literally, Sukkot guests, and the film tells the story of an ultra-orthodox couple in Jerusalem who rely on their faith for miracles to happen on the eve of the feast of Sukkot. “An Isaac Bashevis Singer story come to life” said one reviewer.
90 min. Israel, in English and Hebrew, with subtitles. Rated PG.
All films are FREE Fridays at 7 p.m. at the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library.