2011 SLIFF: Day 1
Directed by Tom Twyker
2 p.m. at Plaza Frontenac; 9:45 p.m., Sat., Nov. 12 at Plaza Frontenac
From its mesmerizing opening, a view of the sky from a moving train, the film -- like life itself -- moves inexorably forward, in all of its messiness and absurdity.
For the ueber-busy but romantically bored Berliners Hanna (Sophie Rois) and Simon (a touching performance by Sebastian Schipper) one's not the loneliest number; two is. Despite demanding careers and personal crises that squeeze into every minute, Hanna and Simon both are afflicted with a nagging emptiness. Into this swirling eddy comes a catalyst, Adam (David Striesow), and unknown to each other, both Hanna and Simon tumble into an affair with Adam.
Director Tom Twyker uses split screens effectively to capture the rush of all their lives, together and separately, but he knows when to linger and let the moment simmer -- as in the languid scenes in the "swimming ship."
Just as Twyker finds humor in the foibles of life, he finds them in death as well. In a funny but macabre subplot, Simon's mother, whose numerological suicide fails to go according to plan, wills her body to be plasticined and displayed in Body Worlds.
A dark comedy, with a perhaps too easy ending, "3" is at its best when it refuses to play by the numbers.
-- Susan Hegger, Beacon issues and politics editor
Directed by Brian Jun
86 minutes | U.S.
6:30 p.m. Wildey Theater, Edwardsville; 4 p.m. Nov. 13 Tivoli
Webster University graduate Brian Jun packs an awful lot into "Joint Body." After seven years in prison, Nick Burke (played with -- usually -- a good con's stoicism by Mark Pellegrino) gets paroled.
The movie goes through Burke's first seven days of freedom, during which he tries a 12-step program, finds a job, learns his alienated brother is now a cop, meets a tough-but-kind stripper and is involved in a shootout. And that's just part of the action, perhaps too much action. The gritty realism comes without relief, and certainly moves quickly enough to carry you along. Burke seems to find some measure of peace at the end, though no "good" resolution can really be imagined. Is it worth joining him on his journey? Yes.
--Donna Korando, Beacon features editor
Nov. 11 Schedule
- Coriolanus 7 p.m.
- David 7:45 p.m.
- 96 Minutes 9:30 p.m.
- Shorts 1: Horror 9:45 p.m.
- Drei (3) 2 p.m.
- A Useful Life 2 p.m.
- Norwegian Wood 3:45 p.m.
- Cirkus Columbia 4:30 p.m.
- A Dangerous Method 7 p.m.
- Burke and Hare 7:15 p.m.
- Outrage 9 p.m.
- Tyrannosaur 9:15 p.m.
- The Baron of Arizona 7 p.m.
- An Evening with Bill Plympton 7 p.m.
- Joint Body 6:30
- Chico and Rita 9 p.m.