HOUSEKEEPING
1987, Sony Repertory, 116 min, USA, Dir: Bill Forsyth

Scottish master Bill Forsyth directs his first American feature adapting novelist Marilynne Robinson's tale of two sisters who live with their offbeat Aunt Sylvie (Christine Lahti). A graceful, witty character study, HOUSEKEEPING boasts superb performances and period detail (the setting is the Pacific Northwest of the 1950s), and remains one of the finest films ever made about the blurry line between nonconformity and madness. This unforgettable film was one of Roger Ebert’s ten best films of 1987.


COMFORT AND JOY
1984, Universal, 106 min, USA, Dir: Bill Forsyth

Recently dumped and pining for some yuletide affection in the days leading up to Christmas, Glasgow radio DJ Alan "Dickie" Bird (Bill Paterson) spots a cute girl sitting in the back of a Mr. Bunny ice cream truck, and follows the vendor vehicle through a tunnel. Much like Alice descending into the rabbit hole, Dickie's curiosity leads him into a world of complete absurdity as he gets caught in the gooey crossfire of an ice cream truck turf war. With Clare Grogan, Alex Norton and Roberto Bernardi.


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