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U.S.A./Spain, 2000. Director: Katherine Lindberg Cast: Melora Walters, Jamey Sheridan

Sat., June 8, 9:30 p.m., Harvard Exit



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U.S.A./Spain, 2000. Director: Katherine Lindberg Cast: Melora Walters, Jamey Sheridan

Sat., June 8, 9:30 p.m., Harvard Exit

Sun., June 9, 11:30 a.m., Harvard Exit Sex! Murder! Redemption! *READ MY LIPS

France, 2001. Director: Jacques Audiard

Cast: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Devos

Fri., May 24, 7:00 p.m., Egyptian

Sat., May 25, 4:00 p.m., Egyptian This deliciously sinister thriller concerns a frumpy, partially deaf secretary (Emmanuelle Devos) who turns down her hearing aid when the world becomes too much of a problem. One day Paul (Vincent Cassel), a worn ex-con, shows up at her office looking for a job; for him, she turns up the volume. Yet love is the last thing on anyone's mind as these two hardened outsiders gradually make use of each other to serve their thwarted ambitions. With a clever script and suspenseful camera work, Audiard and his two stars (both cast against type) put a new spin on the old tango between straight and underworld society. Leslie Cahmi THE RED SQUIRREL

Spain, 1993. Director: Julio Medem

Sat., June 1, 1:45 p.m., Pacific Place A suicidal man sweeps an amnesiac off her feet, finds love at the Red Squirrel resort. THE REUNION

Sweden, 2002. Directors: Mans Herngren, Hannes Holm

Wed., June 12, 9:30 p.m., Egyptian

Sat., June 15, 11:30 a.m., Egyptian Stockholm family man searches out high-school sweetheart. U.S. premiere. RISOTTO

Greece, 2001. Director: Olga Malea

Tues., June 11, 7:00 p.m., Harvard Exit

Wed., June 12, 4:30 p.m., Harvard Exit Marriage sucks when you're a sexy, working mother. Solution: Take the husband out of

the equation. LA ROUTE

Kazakhstan/France/Netherlands, 2001. Director: Darazhan Omirbaev

Mon., June 10, 9:30 p.m., Pacific Place

Tues., June 11, 4:30 p.m., Pacific Place A Kazak filmmaker with filmmaker's block goes on a journey to see his dying mother. THE RULE OF THE GAME

Taiwan, 2001. Director: Ho Ping

Fri., June 14, 4:30 p.m., Harvard Exit

Sat., June 15, 9:30 p.m., Harvard Exit A cast of shifty men duke it out in the seedy underbelly of Taiwan. U.S. premiere. RUNNING OUT OF TIME 2

Hong Kong, 2002. Directors: Johnnie To, Law Wingcheung

Thurs., June 13, 7:00 p.m., Pacific Place

Sat., June 15, 4:00 p.m., Cinerama This comedy-thriller outdoes the original, which you might have seen at SIFF 2000. U.S. premiere. RUTHIE & CONNIE: EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE

U.S.A., 2002. Director: Deborah Dickson

Mon., June 3, 7:00 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall

Wed., June 5, 9:30 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall Two married women fall in love in 1950s Brooklyn, give up their families, and live happily ever after. (Shows with Swimming Upstream.) THE SAFETY OF OBJECTS

U.S.A., 2001. Director: Rose Troche

Cast: Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney, Jessica Campbell

Sat., June 1, 9:30 p.m., Egyptian

Mon., June 3, 9:30 p.m., Pacific Place From Go Fish director Troche, this is an

ambitious, overlong look at the intertwining lives of four nice white suburban families that unsurprisingly turn out to harbor not very nice secrets. Close is believably stunned as a mother whose most intimate relationship is with her comatose son, who lies in his room symbolizing various things to various characters. Meanwhile, her teenage daughter (the lovely, round-faced Campbell) struggles with guilt about the night of the car wreck that left her brother a vegetable. Elsewhere, a lawyer hides the fact that he's quit his job; the pool boy makes his innuendo-filled rounds; kids smoke cigarettes and play doctor, etc. The humming of lawn mowers underscores some interesting montages, and a boy's obsession with his sister's doll is very funny. But Objects doesn't live up to its sweep, fails to attain any depth, and deploys a couple of cheap devices (saving the car wreck for the end, for one). B.J.C. SASS

Germany, 2001. Director: Carlo Rola

Thurs., June 13, 9:30 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall

Sat., June 15, 11:30 a.m., Harvard Exit Set during Germany's desperate, decadent Weimar period of poverty, hyperinflation, and political unrest, Sass builds squarely and unimaginatively upon our own Depression-era gangster folklore (ࠬa Bonnie and Clyde) as two burglar brothers become celebrated Robin Hood figures in Berlin. Given the Cabaret-like setting, Sass is surprisingly free of smut, although we do enjoy glimpses of sex, nudity, and topless mud wrestling in a swank nightclub. Violence is also tame by Coppola and De Palma standards, which keeps the tone of Sass PG-13 light. Elder brother Franz Sass is the brains of the outfit, while naive Erich is an ingenious safecracker, a demon with the acetylene torch. On their trail, a dogged-but-kindly cop eventually comes to respect the dutiful sons (who continue to live with their parents despite their ill-gotten riches). Meanwhile, Communists and Nazis are in the streets, romantic subplots abound, but it's not enough to make Sass more than stolid entertainment. U.S. premiere. B.R.M. SATIN ROUGE

Tunisia/France, 2002. Director: Raja Amari

Sat., June 15, 6:30 p.m., Pacific Place

Sun., June 16, 11:30 a.m., Pacific Place Repressed older woman finds passion in the cabaret. U.S. premiere. A SAVAGE SOUL

Chile/France/Belgium, 2001.

Director: Raoul Ruiz

Fri., May 24, 4:30 p.m., Pacific Place

Sun., May 26, 9:30 p.m., Pacific Place Based on Jean Giono's novel, an adopted teenage sexpot rebels against her wealthy parents. SECRET BALLOT

Iran, 2001. Director: Babak Karimi

Sat., June 8, 4:00 p.m., Harvard Exit

Sun., June 9, 6:30 p.m., Harvard Exit Inspired by a short film by Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Afghan Alphabet, also at SIFF), Ballot begins with a scant premise in bleak island landscape out of Beckett. Two soldiers stand guard against unseen smugglers; then one reluctantly finds himself chauffeuring a woman (!) collecting ballots for election day. Like an eager door-to-door saleswoman, the unidentified city girl idealistically preaches the virtues of democracy to both the suspicious soldier and mostly indifferent populace. Yet rejection takes its toll over the course of a long, dusty day. (Our heroine is reproached, You ballots mean more to you than the people.) Fortunately, flashes of absurdist humor enliven Ballots often tedious pace. During their travels, the bickering twosome also gradually softens to each other. Noromance does not ensue (this is Iran, after all), but the movies sweet, sparse coda makes clear how much the soldier looks forward to the next election in four years time. B.R.M. SEE YOU OFF TO THE EDGE OF TOWN

U.S.A./Hong Kong, 2001. Director: Ching C. Ip

Fri., June 14, 7:00 p.m., Cinerama

Sun., June 16, 1:45 p.m., Cinerama For a Hong Kong family, a trip to the Grand Canyon becomes a lesson in geography and life. World premiere. *A SELF-MADE HERO

France, 1996. Director: Jacques Audiard

Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Jean-Louis Trintignant

Sat., May 25, 1:45 p.m., Egyptian The shy, undistinguished young protagonist of this slyly engrossing film spends WWII as a traveling linen salesman. When peace comes, Albert flees his own ignominy to Paris, where he confabulates the wartime exploits denied him. Diligently studying the papers and habits of real Resistance fighters, Albert begins an audaciously successful campaign to infiltrate their ranks, then is astonished to find how quickly they come to depend on his well-researched "memories." Mixing contemporary mock-documentary interviews with Albert's progress, director Audiard makes clear how easily the new political regime is duped by his prevarications. Played by Kassovitz as a young man and by Trintignant as a defiant old geezer, Albert is a hollow enigma to both the two women he eventually marries but also a buoyantly resourceful survivor (like the heroes of Zelig and Being There). Although the final outcome to Albert's masquerade is a bit muddled, it doesn't limit our enjoyment of his drolly amusing deceit. B.R.M. SEX AND LUCIA

Spain, 2001. Director: Julio Medem

Fri., May 31, 9:30 p.m., Pacific Place

Sat., June 8, 6:30 p.m., Egyptian Woman investigates the past life of her deceased lover. SHAG CARPET SUNSET

U.S.A. (Seattle), 2002. Director: Andrew Mcallister

Sun., May 26, 6:30 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall

Fri., June 14, 4:30 p.m., Cinerama One of the inherent dangers in making a film about the boredom and lack of focus that plagues young, urban, creative types is, of course, that the end result will be boring and unfocused to watch. Sunset was clearly made with this awareness, and keeps things lively with plenty of diversions: public-access puppetry; medieval-themed roofing; Technicolor dream sequences; and lots of drunken shenanigans. McAllisters playfulness is good for a few solid laughs, yet its still not quite enough to rescue Sunset from its tedious pseudo-philosophical musings and hopelessly scattered final 30 minutes. (And there really could be a lot more puppetry.) The film was filmed locally, though, and makes excellent use of Seattles daunting graynessas well as some of its less-obvious icons. Ballards landmark Mikes Chili Parlor sign even gets some much-deserved screen time. World premiere. P.F. SHERPA—UNSUNG HEROES

U.S.A./India/Sikkim, 2001. Director: Win Whittaker

Thurs., June 13, 4:30 p.m., Cinerama

Sun., June 16, 11:30 a.m., Broadway Perf. Hall We only saw the rough cut of this documentary, which has now presumably benefited from substantial tightening and polishing. It profiles the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, located in Darjeeling, India, and founded following the 1954 ascent of Everest by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay with Edmund Hillary. (The director's uncle, Jim Whittaker, later made the first American ascent in 1963—also relying on Sherpa porters and guides.) Today the HMI serves as both an Outward Bound-style summer camp for soft urban kids and a training ground for a few ethnic Sherpas resettled in northern India since the Communist takeover of Tibet. We see routine footage of their boot camp-like immersion into the mountaineering life, which will mainly be of interest to trekkers and climbers. (The latter will snicker when one greenhorn loses her boot while attempting to prusik up a rope.) Sidestepped is how the HMI basically exists to train troops for India's ongoing high-altitude border war with Pakistan. World premiere. B.R.M. SHOPPING

Belgium, 2002. Director: Philippe Boon

Sat., June 15, 6:30 p.m., Harvard Exit

Sun., June 16, 9:30 p.m., Harvard Exit To her tightwad husband's disdain, a woman learns the art of shopping. U.S. premiere. SKIES SATELLITES

Wed., May 29, 7:00 p.m., Harvard Exit

Sat., June 1, 11:30 a.m., Harvard Exit Think Memento, but in postwar Croatia. *SKINS

U.S.A., 2002. Director: Chris Eyre

Cast: Eric Schweig, Graham Greene, Gary Farmer

Wed., May 29, 9:30 p.m., Pacific Place

Thurs., May 30, 4:30 p.m., Pacific Place Flash points of rage ignite two new films by Native American directors. In The Business of Fancydancing, a white motorist is randomly attacked by two Spokane Indians. In Skins, a liquor store catering to Indians from a dry reservation is torched by an Oglala Sioux who's watched alcoholism destroy his family. After viewing the wrenching, essential Skins, you wonder why such acts aren't everyday. Its rage simmers beneath a deceptively simple story of two Pine Ridge, S.D., reservation brothers: police investigator Rudy (Schweig) and the older, alcoholic Mogie (Greene), who's father to a decent, neglected 17-year-old son. As Mogie's drunken acts escalate, Rudy vents his anger and frustration in acts of vigilantism "for his people." Yet ultimately this is a story of the most tender brotherhood. Far from perfect, Skins is something better: It's unassailably real, brilliantly acted, and enough to crack the heart. S.B. SMITH FAMILY

U.S.A., 2001. Director: Tasha Oldham

Fri., June 14, 2:30 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall

Sun., June 16, 1:45 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall AIDS brings a Mormon family closer together. World premiere. *SMOKERS ONLY

Argentina, 2001. Director: Ver�a Chen

Sun., June 9, 9:30 p.m., Harvard Exit

Sun., June 16, 9:30 p.m., Egyptian Reni's both jaded and idealistic in the way only 20-year-olds can be. The city (Buenos Aires) is a many-tentacled monster, the world breeds consumerism, and all she wants is to go far away. Luckily, her adolescent philosophizing is kept brief and delivered in Spanish—plus she's beautiful in a brooding, indie-rock way. Smokers is the surreal chronicle of her descent into a nighttime underworld, impelled by a male prostitute she meets after watching him have sex in an ATM foyer. Their strange relationship gets stranger: He professes love is a commodity; she says she won't pay for it. Seemingly overdone at first, Smokers' artistic camera work and slow pace work better as things get more and more foreboding. Both alluring and repellent, the movie is also improbably sexy, perversely gorgeous, weirdly soothing, and completely disturbing. The title, by the way, would be more aptly translated as "this train car for smokers," which makes sense in the end. B.J.C. SOFT FOR DIGGING

U.S.A., 2002. Director: J.T. Petty

Fri., May 24, 7:00 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall

Sat., May 25, 1:45 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall Much like Blair Witch (also filmed in the Maryland woods), Soft seeks an idiosyncratic take on the horror genre. In place of a shaky camera, a script that includes only three lines of dialogue—two of which are one word each—is employed here to set the mood. The story of a lonely old man who stumbles upon a gruesome scene while hunting for his runaway cat, Soft dispenses with big scares in favor of a slow haunt. Often, though, this no-budget flick shows a little too much restraint. It dawdles to its climax a bit too slowly, and the fine line between mesmerizing and tedious is hopscotched throughout. Soft screams film-school thesis from start to finish but at least shows there are things to learn at N.Y.U. P.F. A SONG FOR MARTIN

Denmark/Germany/Sweden, 2001. Director:

Bille August

Tues., June 4, 7:00 p.m., Pacific Place

Wed., June 5, 4:30 p.m., Pacific Place August's latest is being correctly billed as "the Danish Iris," since it's also a tragic story of a love challenged and cut short by Alzheimer's disease. Though the portrayal of losing your mind and dealing with someone who has is painfully realistic, August's protagonists are so unlikable that it's hard to summon the proper sympathy. Martin, a composer, meets Barbara, a violinist, while rehearsing his new music. They're both married, but after their eyes lock over the music stands, they ditch their spouses with as much care as they flip the pages of their scores. Alas, their love is short-lived as Martin starts losing it and Barbara's forced to become his nursemaid. Anyone who's ever been cheated on shares a silent, vindictive cheer. Anyone who's dealt with the nightmare of Alzheimer's probably doesn't want to relive it, leaving the potential audience limited to fans of the Danish countryside, which is lovingly depicted. A.V.B. LA SPAGNOLA

Argentina, 2001. Director: Steve Jacobs

Mon., May 27, 6:30 p.m., Egyptian

Tues., May 28, 4:30 p.m., Egyptian An Italian family fights back when the patriarch runs off with an Australian temptress. SPOOKY HOUSE

Canada, 1999. Director: William Sachs

Cast: Ben Kingsley

Sat., June 8, 11:30 a.m., Pacific Place Five kids sneak into a neighborhood house and make friends with its spooky inhabitant. STRANGE FRUIT

U.S.A., 2001. Director: Joel Katz

Mon., May 27, 4:00 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall

Thurs., May 30, 9:30 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall A documentary on Billie's Holiday's classic song. STREETERS

Mexico, 2001. Director: Gerardo Tort

Sun., June 2, 9:30 p.m., Harvard Exit

Mon., June 3, 4:30 p.m., Harvard Exit Young lovers try to break out of inner Mexico City. SUNSHINE STATE

U.S.A., 2002. Director: John Sayles

Cast: Timothy Hutton, Angela Bassett, Jane Alexander

Sat., June 1, 6:30 p.m., Egyptian

Sun., June 2, 4:00 p.m., Egyptian No matter how fine his latest ensemble effort, John Sayles still cant find the right balance between pedagogy and artor between edification and entertainment, which is also lacking in State. What we have instead is a superbly cast, finely observed, and everywhere intelligent study of family conflict and tangled territorial history on Floridas northern coast. Edie Falco and Bassett are the two prodigal daughters of their respective clans, each with issues with their parents and checkered love lives in their pasts; but will they sell their family homesteads? Real estate developers (buzzards) are swirling in the air, along with an often hilarious chorus of golfers led by King. Richard Edson also scores some laughs as Falcos ex (A curse on the lot of you, he declares as a parade-float pirate with stuffed parrot on his shoulder), but Sayles just cant bring himself to surrender his agenda to mirth or sex. Yet, again, you respect his impeccable abstemiousness. World premiere. B.R.M. SUPER-8 STORIES

Germany, 2001. Director: Emir Kusturica

Sun., June 2, 6:30 p.m., Egyptian

Tues., June 4, 4:30 p.m., Harvard Exit Those unfamiliar with the Yugoslav pop music scenethis writer includedmay wonder why theyd want to sit through an hour and a half of the No Smoking Orchestras tour-bus antics, epic concerts, and backstage wrestling matches. But the first sign of payoff in this Monty Python-meets-the Dave Matthews Band-meets-Meeting People is Easy narrative comes when singer/director Kusturica (Underground) utters the phrase, May Hitler fuck his mother. These Slavs are funny. And entertaining. And they seem so much more real than the stateside chumps who hawk hilarity like its a chord progression they ripped off from a Spinal Tap song. The reason you care is because they do. The members of NSO, one of Yugoslavias most popular bands, parade around Europe like their jazz-and-gypsy influenced pop folk is the only thing that matters. And clearly, so far as theyre concerned, it is. L.L. THE SUPPLEMENT

Poland, 2001. Director: Krzysztof Zanussi

Wed., June 12, 7:00 p.m., Harvard Exit

Thurs., June 13, 4:30 p.m., Pacific Place A medical student leaves a monastery to find himself. U.S. premiere. SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS

Slovenia, 2001. Director: Saso Podgorsek

Fri., May 24, 7:00 p.m., Harvard Exit

Sat., May 25, 11:30 a.m., Egyptian You thought Welcome to the Dollhouse was brutal? Well, at least they had trees and color TV in Dawn Wiener's New Jersey. Coming of age in the concrete wasteland that is Slovenia circa 1973, beanpole teen-ager Egon (Janko Mandic) dreams of someday owning a record player. First he must overcome a host of oppressors—including a penny-pinching mother (Veronica Drolc) who's modeled herself after Lana Turner in Madame X and dresses her offspring accordingly; a sadistic gym teacher; and a Holy Roller grandmother on loan from Almod�. Despite its time-worn coming-of-age storyline and a predictable array of characters (the benevolent teenage rebel, the aging hippie, etc.), Dreams is consistently engaging, thanks to a streak of black humor that makes Solondz's oeuvre look like Disney. Kurt B. Reighley *SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

U.S.A., 1957. Director: Alexander Mackendrick

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis

Sat., June 15, 1:45 p.m., Cinerama Here's a definite festival must-see. With the incalculable aid of James Wong Howe's noir photography, which makes N.Y.C. itself a central character, Success slices into a brooding Big Apple to reveal the gristle beneath the glitter. At his career best, Curtis plays Sidney Falco, a sycophantic press agent so hungry for the American dream that he gladly hands over whatever morals he has left to kiss the tuckus of Lancaster's malevolent J.J. Hunsecker, a newspaper columnist—modeled on the once mighty Walter Winchell—with intimidating pull and a destructive yen for his cowed sister. The hard-bitten, tough-talking screenplay has an ecstatic sting; Clifford Odets' oddball notions of the vernacular and Ernest Lehman's seamless professionalism met very well here. Success keeps things swinging with a propulsive energy that matches its famously kinetic jazz score by Elmer Bernstein. Free! S.W. SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE

South Korea, 2002. Director: Park Chan-wook

Fri., June 14, 9:30 p.m., Cinerama

Sun., June 16, 1:45 p.m., Pacific Place A child kidnapping goes awry in South Korea. U.S. premiere. SWIMMING UPSTREAM

U.S.A., 2001. Director: Jennifer Freedman

Mon., June 3, 7:00 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall

Wed., June 5, 9:30 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall Karen and Jenny have it all: a lovely house, upward mobility, and a loving partnership. What's missing? A little one to share it with. When Karen's artificial insemination proves successful in this documentary, the two are then confronted with the pitfalls of pregnancy and their respective roles in the relationship. Girlie Karen, a Southern gal raised in a traditional Baptist family, makes dinner and does the dishes, while butch Jenny works in an office and wears overalls at home. Who will change the diapers? There's not much new here, since the vast procession of gay-parenthood documentaries before Swimming have made the tribulations of same-sex parenthood more or less universal knowledge. But Karen and Jenny are a likeable enough pair, and their partnership raises interesting questions about the structure of families—and whether even "nontraditional" families can ever escape rigidly traditional roles. (Shows with Ruthie & Connie, see p. 17.) E.C.B. TADPOLE

U.S.A., 2002. Director: Gary Winick

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Stanford, John Ritter

Tues., June 4, 7:00 p.m., Egyptian

Thurs., June 6, 4:30 p.m., Egyptian New York critics are being too hard on the short, sweet Tadpolea May-December romance and Sundance darlingbecause its not of greater Woody quality or Whit Stillman caliber, but this misses the appeal of its small charms. Woodys recent efforts have been awful and Stillmans MIA; its up to films like The Royal Tenenbaums, Kissing Jessica Stein, Tadpole, and Igby Goes Down (also at SIFF) to keep aloft the flag of proud, smart N.Y.C. self-absorption. And Tadpole, a.k.a. 15-year-old Oscar, is nothing if not self-absorbed. His unrequited love for his stepmother (Weaver) hints at a precocious nature that draws another Mrs. Robinson type (Bebe Neuwirth) and leads to sundry sexual complications during a Thanksgiving break from prep school. Pointedly comparing his hero to Voltaires Candide, director Winick never lets pretension get in the way of simple comedy (stolen kisses, missing sideburns, etc.). Oscars more innocent than he knows, and Tadpoles wiser than its cuteness implies. B.R.M. TAKE CARE OF MY CAT

South Korea, 2001. Director: Jeong Jae-Eun

Sun., May 26, 6:30 p.m., Pacific Place

Mon., May 27, 1:45 p.m., Pacific Place Five twentysomething girlfriends meet adulthood. TEENAGE HOOKER BECAME KILLING MACHINE IN DAEHAKROH

South Korea, 2001. Director: Nam Gee-Woong

Fri., May 24, midnight, Egyptian A young prostitute is impregnated and killed, then brought back to life as a vengeful RoboHooker. TEKNOLUST

U.S.A., 2002. Director: Lynn Hershman-Leeson Cast: Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Davies

Fri., May 24, 9:30 p.m., Egyptian

Tues., June 11, 7:00 p.m., Cinerama Four times Tilda Swinton equals four times the fun, right? Well, the math isnt so simple or rewarding in this San Fran-set cloning comedy, in which Swinton number one, a well-meaning but dweebish scientist who looks like Joyce Carol Oates, replicates herself in three color-coded spinoffs. Clad in red, Ruby has most of the fun, cruising the city for anonymous sex (never shown) to collect the sperm her two cell-sisters require to live. Her green- and blue-costumed sibs spend most of their time whining to mommy via a microwave-TV set apparatus (you explain it), which also helps disguise Teknolusts no-budget special effects. (Only occasionally does one Swinton share the screen with another; three come together for a brief dance via blue-screen, not CGI). Haiku Tunnels Josh Kornbluth stands out among Rubys plague-infected victims, but no performer could redeem Teknolusts biotech buzz words and fizzled futurist satire. The future looks like Sleeper, only without being remotely funny. B.R.M. TEMPTATIONS

Hungary, 2001. Director: Zoltan Kamondi

Thurs., June 6, 9:30 p.m., Harvard Exit

Sat., June 8, 11:30 a.m., Harvard Exit If you're one of those tedious people who thinks foreign films are just so brilliant, hustle out to this piece of dreck, where you'll waste 91 minutes of your life being bored out of your skull. You'll also be tempted to drive nails into your eyes by such wildly creative cinematic techniques as only using color film stock during the intense emotional moments (wow!) and the bold, courageous move of having the 10-year-old act as sexual aggressor (shocking!). If you must know the plot of Temptations, it's about a 19-year-old trying to connect with his real father, deal with his stupid girlfriend, help a young Gypsy girl, and a bunch of other crap. A.V.B. 13 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING

U.S.A., 2001. Director: Jill Sprecher

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro, Alan Arkin

Sat., May 25, 9:30 p.m., Pacific Place

Wed., May 29, 4:30 p.m., Pacific Place

Conversations trots out a plethora of characters in N.Y.C. who end up connecting in pointedly unlikely ways (a hit-and-run accident, etc.) in an all-too-overt exploration of the depressing nature of modern life. Intertitles offer pat concepts to ponder ("Ignorance is bliss") as the script bludgeons you with declarations on luck, happiness or the lack thereof, and fate. Every scene is laden with blatant visual symbolism (a pen exploding in a breast pocket and the red stain subsequently spreading across someone's heart, for example); then the camera lingers to make completely, absolutely sure that you get it. A strong cast, including John Turturro, Amy Irving, and Alan Arkin, does its best to get out from under the writing and leaden philosophizing, to only some avail. It's an overambitious, over-self-conscious film—and way too damn long for what precious little it has to say. B.J.C. 13 MOONS

U.S.A., 2001. Director: Alexandre Rockwell

Cast: Steve Buscemi

Fri., June 7, 7:00 p.m., Egyptian

Mon., June 10, 4:30 p.m., Egyptian Just another L.A. night for two clowns, a crazy Santa, and a bail bondsman. TOKYO NOISE

Sweden, 2001. Directors: Kristian Petrik, Jan Roed

Mon., June 10, 7:00 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall

Tues., June 11, 4:30 p.m., Cinerama A documentary investigates Tokyo's culture. World premiere. THE TRIP

U.S.A., 2002. Director: Miles Swain

Sat., May 25, 9:30 p.m., Egyptian

Sun., May 26, 4:00 p.m., Harvard Exit Homosexuals of America, rejoice! Yes, your long struggle for equality has finally resulted in a practically PG-ra

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