THE INTOUCHABLES
2011, The Weinstein Company, 112 min, France, Dir: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

In this sparkling comedy, Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a wealthy quadriplegic looking for a new live-in caretaker. Senegalese immigrant Driss (Omar Sy, who earned a Best Actor Cesar for this role) seems an unlikely choice at first, but because he treats his new employer without pity, the two hit it off. Their widely different backgrounds offer each a window into a new world: Driss experiences art and culture, and Philippe, encouraged by his young friend, brings a woman into his life. A major box office hit throughout Europe! In French with English subtitles.


BERNADETTE: NOTES ON A POLITICAL JOURNEY
2011, 88 min, Ireland, Dir: Lelia Doolan

"Elected to the British Parliament in 1969 at the age of 21, Bernadette Devlin was the youngest-ever female MP. A vital force in the civil-rights movement fighting discrimination against Catholics in housing and employment, she was also a gifted orator with strong community roots and even firmer radical-socialist convictions. Despite having faded in profile since she survived an assassination attempt in 1981, the former "Castro in a miniskirt" proves well worth [Lelia] Doolan's feature-length probing, filmed over the years 2002-11... Doolan's documentary entertains as well as educates, thanks to her highly engaging subject and rich treasure trove of archival clips." –Variety


THE LONG DAY CLOSES
1992, FilmDesk, 85 min, UK, Dir: Terence Davies

An elegant hymn to memory and the transporting power of the movies, Terence Davies’ tale of young Bud, a lonely, isolated preteen in postwar Liverpool, was listed by Time Out London as one of the best British films ever made, and is a moving biographical work. Though doted upon by his mother and sisters, Bud is miserable at his new school, where menacing bullies make his life hell, and he retreats to the local movie house, letting the silvery images of the cinema bring him some solace.


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