Thursday, December 3 at 3:00 pm
In the Auditorium ~ Free
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 2 pm – Free
Thomas Hardy’s classic Victorian tale about one woman’s dueling desires for feminist independence and fiery passion has long been catnip for filmmakers. But Thomas Vinterberg’s latest version is, hands down, the best yet. With a steely resilience burning beneath her delicate, creamy complexion, Carey Mulligan brings remarkable nuance and a rich inner life to the role of Bathsheba Everdene, a modest English country girl who inherits her late uncle’s farm, leading to a wealth of choices most women at the time wouldn’t dare to dream possible. Those, naturally, include a trio of romantic suitors: the shepherd smitten with her even before she came into money (Matthias Schoenaerts); the rich and slightly bumbling landowner next door (Michael Sheen); and the rakish bad boy in uniform (Tom Sturridge). Even if you don’t consider yourself an easy mark for literary bodice-rippers served with a side of sexual politics, this Far From the Madding Crowd gives you plenty of reason to swoon, most particularly in its earthy realism, gorgeous cinematography, deft editing and beautiful musical score.
“Vinterberg’s romantic rollercoaster honors Hardy’s rustic vibe. Remarkably, too, he’s made a thoroughly modern film anyone can relate to — it’s like a “what a woman wants” discussion set in Victorian times. It’s also an instant classic.” (Graham Fuller, New York Daily News)
Great Britain – 2015 – 119 mins. – In English only
VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 2 pm – Free
Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, this is a darkly mysterious tale of two lesbian ex-cons, Victoria and Florence, trying to make a new life for themselves in the backwoods of Quebec. Seeking peace and quiet, the couple slowly begin to feel under siege as Vic’s probation officer keeps popping up unexpectedly, and a strange woman in the neighbourhood soon turns out to be an increasingly menacing shadow from Flo’s past. With its collection of complex and eccentric characters, surprising plot twists and unsettling humour, Montreal filmmaker Denis Coté has created an utterly original work whose thunderclap of a climax will leave you breathless.
“This isn’t, it turns out, the usual once-upon-a-time tale, but a story about the unknowns that can swallow us up.” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)
“It’s an ominous, claustrophobic, unhappily sapphic work whose ending instills terror and awe of the fates’ petty, whimsical cruelties.” (Inkoo Kang, Village Voice)
In French with English subtitles
Canada – 2013 – 95 mins.
Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her
Come and participate in the upcoming book discussion of Severina, a novella by Guatemalan writer Rodrigo Rey Rosa, originally published in Spanish in 2011 and superbly translated into English by Chris Andrews. Rodrigo Rey Rosa is one of the most prominent writers on the contemporary Guatemalan literary scene. He is considered a master in the art of saying more with less.
The narrator, part owner of a bookstore, observes a beautiful young woman shoplifting his books. The bookseller falls in love with the book thief and allows her to continue stealing his books and his soul. Soon there are other serious problems stemming from his infatuation with Severina. This deceptively simple book is full of surprises, and a strange effect of the author’s clear and precise prose is a sense that much more is going on than is said on the page.
Discover this book, along with some café con medialunas on Thursday, December 3 at 10:30 am in the MPR at the library.
To sign up and for more information, call María Luisa at 514-485-6900, ext. 4110.
The Afternoon Book Circle is for registered members of the Library – drop by or call the reference desk to sign up. Winter dates TBA.
Plonger opens with César telling his son Hector the love story between him and Paz, Hector’s mother. The first pages also reveal that Paz is dead, her body washed up on the shore of an Arab country…
The Club will meet on December 7 at 3pm for an in-depth conversation in French about this novel. The club will then take a break over the winter months to restart in April.
To sign up, call the Reference Dept at 514-485-6900 or send us an e-mail at email@example.com.
If you missed November’s talk, you are invited to join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian, Melissa, talk about Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. It will be held on Wednesday, January 13th at 1:45pm. There is no talk in December.
This novel is by the same author who brought us Room. Burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon tries to discover who murdered her friend Jenny, who was shot through a window in a railroad saloon in 1876 San Francisco, amidst a record-breaking heatwave and smallpox epidemic. Based on true events, this story explores the issues of women’s rights and freedoms, their status and sexual urges. There are no two better characters to prove society wrong than Blanche and Jenny.
You are encouraged to share your thoughts with others and to ask any questions you may have about the book—except for the ending!
If you have any questions about November’s title, Love Saves the Day, Melissa will be happy to answer them.
The library has 5 copies of the current book to be discussed. Grab one off the shelf!
Coffee, tea and goodies will be provided after the talk, for some friendly socializing. Feel free to bring a friend.
Cost at the door for CSL Women’s Club Members: $3
Cost for Non-members: $4
FELIX & MEIRA
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 2 pm – Free
A labour of love by rising young Montreal filmmaker Maxime Giroux, this cross-cultural romance won the Best Canadian Feature prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Felix and Meira’s uniqueness is a big reason why, as is Hadas Yaron’s entrancing performance. The Israeli actress plays Meira, a young wife and mother who chafes at the constrictions placed on her by the ultra-orthodox community in her Mile End neighbourhood. The bond she forges with Felix (Martin Dubrueil)—a fellow misfit grieving the recent loss of his father—will have huge ramifications in both their lives. Funny, touching and as quirky as its characters, Giroux’s film never fails to charm or surprise.
“A somber romance that’s as much about the cultural confluence of city life as it is about the unlikely couple who manage to find each other in it, Félix and Meira captures the dislocating loneliness of “Lost in Translation” without leaving its characters’ native Montreal.” (David Ehrlich, Time Out New York)
In French, Yiddish and Hebrew with English subtitles
Canada – 2014 – 105 mins.
Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her
Radecki will present her works in a series called Double Chance, alongside a handful of other pieces from previous bodies of work. Double Chance addresses the happy accidents created when relying upon elements of chance and randomness. Radecki initially creates a form by throwing paint and employing dripping techniques. She then goes a step further by adding to the equation a more rigorous methodology of photography, enlargement, printing, tracing, and reproducing in order to arrive at the final artwork. In this manner, her work differs from what is traditionally referred to as “action painting” as well as “geometrical abstraction” in the sense that deliberate and exacting methods are used in order to subvert the spontaneous and gestural aspect of the very process art critic Harold Rosenberg uses to describe the work of Jackson Pollock.
Brigitte Radecki received both her BFA and MFA from Concordia University. She has exhibited throughout Canada and Europe for over thirty years. Her work is in several public and private collections such as the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal, the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec, Air Canada and the National Bank. Her career initially began working in sculpture and installation and since the 1990s she has concentrated entirely on abstract painting installations. She lives and works in Montreal and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Her current artworks can be viewed at www.brigitteradecki.com.
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10 am to 10 pm except on statutory holidays. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.csllibrary.org.