Independent & World Films at the Library

Showing on Thursday, October 9, at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Words and Pictures (U.S.)

Sophisticated chemistry is hard to resist and director Fred Schepisi’s compelling drama about two teachers at a Maine prep school who battle each other and their own demons satisfies not only for the story but also because of the undisputed chemistry of the two perfect leads. Words and Pictures is many things: A romantic comedy/love story between total opposites, people trying to overcome afflictions and family estrangements, students dealing with bullies, and the love of creative expression, be it the written word or paint on a canvas.

Clive Owen is Jack Marcus, an aggressive, gifted, honors English teacher who preaches the power of the written– and spoken– word. He’s barely managing to hide a serious drinking problem that threatens to destroy his world. When Juliet Binoche’s Dina Delsanto, the new art teacher arrives, Marcus is energized and soon there’s an open debate in the school about whether words or pictures have the greater power. It’s a battle between the dominance of the left and right brain. Delsanto is already an acclaimed abstract artist, but she no longer paints because of painful, crippling rheumatoid arthritis. Soon she is forced to paint again when the war between the two teachers becomes a school-wide event. An amazing scene is when Delsanto paints in a way that cleverly allows her to spread paint as she wishes on a large flat canvas. (In actual fact, Binoche is an accomplished artist and what she paints in the film is her striking original art.) People may recognize themselves in this film. Are you the one who does best with descriptive words? Or would you rather show a picture than carry on a conversation? With good performances and  multi-layered characters, Schepisi has managed to create a romantic film that, unlike so many others, is both intelligent and entertaining.

Running time: 111 minutes

The Independent and World Films Series runs on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, with showings at 2:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Gainey Room. The focus for our series is foreign or world films, as well as independent films that are not widely distributed in the U.S.

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See you at the movies!  MG

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2014

March 13: Blue Jasmine (U.S.)
March 27: 12 Years a Slave (U.S.)
April 24: The Book Thief (U.S.)
May 8: Wadja (Saudi Arabia)
May 22: Inside Llewyn Davis (U.S.)
June 12: Instructions Not Included (Mexico)
June 26: Stories We Tell (Canada)
July 19: Oranges & Sunshine (Australia)
July 24: Love is All You Need (Denmark)
August 14: Still Mine (Canada)
August 28: The Lunchbox (India)
September 11: Shun Li and the Poet (Italy)
September 25: The Past (France)

2013

January 10: Beasts of the Southern Wild (U.S.)
January 24: Last Ride (Australia)
February 14: Foreign Letters (U.S.)
February 28: Elena (Russia)
March 14: Anna Karenina (Great Britain)
March 28: Tokyo Sonata (Japan)
April 11: Robot & Frank (U.S.)
April 25: Queen of Hearts (France)
May 9: Of Gods and Men (France)
May 23: A Late Quartet (U.S.)
June 13: The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina)
June 27: Rust and Bone (France)
July 11: Teddy Bear (Denmark)
July 19: Codex (U.S.)
July 25: NO (Chile)
August 8: Smashed (U.S.)
August 22: Found Memories (Brazil)
August 28: The Lunch Box (India)

2012

January 26: Sarah's Key (France & U.S.)
February 9: Beginners (U.S.)
March 8: Incendies (Canada & France)
March 22: Made in Dagenham (Great Britain)
April 12: Take Shelter (U.S.)
May 10: The Piano in a Factory (China)
May 24: In a Better World (Denmark)
June 14: O'Horten (Norway)
June 28: Albert Nobbs (United Kingdom)
July 12: My Name is Khan (India)
July 26: The Woman on the 6th Floor (France)
August 9: Come Undone (Italy)
August 23: Footnote (Israel)
September 13: A Separation (Iran)
September 27: Another Year (U.K.)
October 11: Life Above All (South Africa)
October 26: The Devil's Backbone (Spain)
November 8: Train of Life (France)
December 13: Auntie Mame (U.S.)
December 27: Where Do We Go Now? (Lebanon)

2011

May 19: Bomber (U.S./U.K.)
June 16: 1981 (Canada)
July 21: Only When I Dance (Brazil)
August 18: The Drummer (Hong Kong)
September 15: The Wind Journeys (Columbia)
October 20: If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Romania)
November 17: The Colors of the Mountain (Columbia)
December 15: Holiday Affair (U.S.)