Oct 202015
 October 20, 2015  Film


Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Gett - DVD FOR G3935An uncompromising, heart-rending portrait of a woman’s struggle to live a life of her own design. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) has been applying for a divorce for three years but her religiously devout husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian) continually refuses. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity and everything is brought out into the open for judgment. Winner of the Israeli Film Academy Ophir Award for Best Picture, this is a powerhouse courtroom drama from start to finish.

“The beautifully modulated script, ripe with moments of liberating humor, builds to a crescendo of indignation, allowing Ronit Elkabetz several cathartic outbursts, but they’re no more riveting than the actress’ silences.” (Jay Weissberg, Variety)

“Elkabetz, alternately resigned and raging, stoic and sad, bitter humor in her eyes, is riveting. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem takes its time to unfold, but like its star, the film presents its case in powerful, persuasive ways.” (Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer)

In Hebrew with English subtitles

Israel – 2014 – 115 mins.

Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her

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Oct 072015
 October 7, 2015  Film


Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Girlhood - DVD B2143Raw and insistent, bold and brawling, Girlhood is the very-contemporary story of a restless 16-year-old, Marieme, growing up in a poor, concrete neighbourhood on the outskirts of Paris. Desperate to escape her dead-end schooling and slap-happy elder brother, she reinvents herself as the knife-toting “Vic” (for “victoire”) in a mouthy quartet of shoplifting, lunch-money-looting bad girls. As in her earlier films, writer/director Céline Sciamma captures the energy, stern loyalties and harsh rivalries of her protagonists, but always with a light touch and sympathetic eye. Unmissable.

“Beautifully observed, precisely directed and acted with wonderful conviction, Girlhood pulls us into the life of its protagonist in a deeply involving way.” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)

“Even as she stops at familiar stations on the road to maturity — problems at home and school, new friendships and first love — Céline Sciamma revels in the risky, reckless exuberance of adolescence and in the sheer joy of filming it.” (A.O. Scott, The New York Times)

In French with English subtitles

France – 2014 – 112 mins.

Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her

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Sep 302015
 September 30, 2015  Film


Wedneday, October 7, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Danny Collins - DVD D1884Aging pop star Danny Collins (Al Pacino, in loveable scamp mode) can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a forty-year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embark on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act. This is an irresistibly appealing comedy/drama with an unabashed streak of sentimentality, sharp dialogue, and a superb ensemble cast. 

By the way, Danny Collins is inspired by the true story of Steve Tilston, a British musician who received a 1971 letter from John Lennon some 30 years after it was written. The gist of the letter was about the same, but all the characters and circumstances are creations of the filmmakers.

“This hilarious and heartfelt movie is an exuberant gift.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

United States — 2015 — 106 mins. — In English only

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Sep 292015
 September 29, 2015  Film


Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Salt of the Earth - DVD 770Filmmaker Wim Wenders brings his mellow humanism and globe-trotting curiosity to this Oscar-nominated documentary about the life and work of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. Salgado elegantly inhabits a moral and aesthetic paradox: while his photographs illuminate some of the worst horrors of the modern world—starvation, war, poverty, displacement—they are also beautiful, dramatic visual artifacts. Like his accounts of taking them, some of Salgado’s depictions of human suffering are not for the faint-hearted; but like this fine film, they demand to be seen nonetheless.

The Salt of The Earth is a mesmeric and unforgettable look at the world and it sufferings through the eyes of a remarkably insightful and honorable artist.” Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist

In English, French and Portuguese with English subtitles

Brazil/Germany – 2014 – 110 mins.

Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her

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Sep 222015
 September 22, 2015  Film


Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Still Alice - DVD S8571Julianne Moore gives the performance of her career in this heartbreaking yet life-affirming story that addresses a nightmarish circumstance with calm, compassionate sensitivity. Based on Lisa Genova’s novel, Still Alice follows the deterioration of a Columbia linguistics professor who learns she has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. What follows for Moore’s character, Alice Howland, along with her husband and three children, is a cruel and absurd ordeal that has no real chance of growing easier despite her determination to hold onto her identity.

Still Alice is that rare film possessed with the courage required to shine a light into the abyss knowing full well that down is the only way out.” (David Ehrlich, Time Out New York)

“It’s extremely moving in the gentlest, most linear way, and the other performances are sterling, too.” (Tim Robey, The Telegraph)

In English only

United States – 2014 – 101 mins.

Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her

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Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015  Film


Wedneday, September 2, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Woman in Gold - DVD W87224Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘The Lady in Gold’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle that takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way.

“It’s a touching film that entertains with warmth and humor while teaching us something about history, law and justice with enormous heart, subtlety and compassion, brilliantly acted and skillfully written. Is there anything Helen Mirren cannot do?” (Rex Reed, New York Observer)

United States — 2015 — 109 mins. — In English only

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Aug 112015
 August 11, 2015  Film, Gardening

Story of Seeds posterWe will be showing Open Sesame – The Story of Seeds on Tuesday, September 1 at 2 pm in the Harold Greenspon Auditorium.

The film screening will be followed by a discussion with Devlin Kuyek, researcher and author of Good Crop / Bad Crop – Seed Politics and the Future of Food in Canada. Discover the story of seeds by following the challenges and triumphs of some of their most tireless stewards and advocates and learn more about the Canadian food system.

This event is FREE! For more information, contact lfauteux@cotesaintluc.org

Jul 292015
 July 29, 2015  Film


Wedneday, August 5, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

Wild - DVD W6681After years of reckless behaviour, drug abuse and the destruction of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, in California, all on her own. Wild may sound like a film about redemption, but it’s more about learning to live with what you can’t control — and accepting what you can control, which is sometimes just as difficult. It’s also a movie in which you can feel the spirit of the material infusing all involved in its making, both as artists and as human beings, and what results is that special kind of magic that occurs when even the simplest of songs sends sparks to the soul.

“One of the year’s most galvanizing cinematic experiences” (Rex Reed, New York Observer)

“There are other movies out this year that are more technically ambitious than Wild. There are others that are wider-reaching in scope and sheer audacity. But there aren’t any others that offer the power and profundity of Wild. This movie is a gift. It’s also a journey.” (Mike Scott, New Orleans Times-Picayune)

United States — 2014 — 115 mins. — In English only

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Jul 082015
 July 8, 2015  Film, Lectures

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 2 pm

Shhh! The Representation of Libraries and Librarians in the Movies

tumblr_m19rsnMUkm1qb8ugro1_1280We’ll look at the myriad ways in which both libraries and librarians have been depicted throughout the history of the movies.

Stereotypes of librarians in popular culture are, of course, frequently negative: portrayed as puritanical, punitive, unattractive, and introverted if female, or timid, repressed, frustrated and effeminate if male. This “fate-worse-than-death” view is particularly evident in movies such as It’s a Wonderful Life, The Music Man and Sophie’s Choice. But there are many surprising and positive exceptions, such as Kate Hepburn in Desk Set and Bette Davis in Storm Center. But generally how close are such representations to reality? And have they evolved any over the years?

We’ll also look at libraries themselves, the many ideas associated with them, and the manner of their many, often amusing depictions in the movies, running the gamut from bastions of freedom, refuge and enlightenment to dens of inequity, stagnation and repression.

Join movie librarian Steven Tomlinson for this provocative lecture/discussion. Perhaps along the way we’ll also discover what the idea of the library and librarianship means to each of us.

Free for library members; non-members $15. Registration required.

Location: Multi-purpose room of the library

Jun 292015
 June 29, 2015  Film


Wedneday, July 8, 2015 at 2 pm – Free

The Theory of Everything - DVD T3963The Theory of Everything is an unusually compelling true-life story about an extraordinary couple triumphing over adversity. Once a healthy, active young man, Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With his wife Jane (Felicity Jones) fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of — time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. Redmayne has received widespread, justified praise (including an Oscar) for his performance as the future cosmologist; it’s palpable, it’s poignant. Jones, too, is wonderful. And director James Marsh brings a keen sense of artistry to the proceedings.

The Theory of Everything is striking, at times even piercing, for the way it infiltrates some universal realities of marriage.” (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)

“A brainy bio-pic that exerts a gravitational pull on the heartstrings.” (Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

United Kingdom — 2014 — 123 mins. — In English only

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