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AEC Independent Film Series
Spring 2005

The following films will be shown for one week each starting February 4, 2005.
Call the Bijou Theatre at 423-265-5220 for times or visit The Bijou 7's Web Site.

Click below for more info on these SPRING 2005 Films

Being Julia
February 4 - 10
Red Lights
March 18 - 24
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
February 11 - 17
The Sea Inside
March 25 - 31
Vera Drake
February 18 - 24
Lightning in a Bottle
April 1- 7
Tarnation
February 25 - March 3
Bright Leaves
April 8 - 14
Notre Musique
March 4 - 10

Undertow
April 15 - 21
Enduring Love
March 11 - 17
Imaginary Heroes
April 22 - 28


Being Julia

February 4 - February 10
Drama/Comedy (Rated R) USA
Director: Istvan Szabo

A humorous tale of love and revenge set in 1930’s London stage. Aging actress Julia Lambert (Annette Bening) finds renewed joy and passion for life when she meets her son’s friend Tom (Shaun Evans), a young American half her age who seemingly adores her and sweeps her off her feet. As the affair progresses she discovers his affections are inspired by his own social aspirations. Thus Julia embarks on a journey of comic revenge where the lines become blurred between her true life emotions and acting.

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The Assassination of Richard Nixon

February 11 - February 17
Drama/Historical (Rated R) USA
Director: Niels Mueller

Sam Bicke (Sean Penn) is an earnest but care-worn man unhappily separated from his wife Marie (Naomi Watts) and their two children. He works as a salesman in an office furniture store. As he assesses the world around him, he begins to see the country as controlled by unethical people who are the "haves" while he is stuck in the moral position of the "have nots." This fuels a passion against the then-president Nixon. The film is based on the real life story of Samuel Byke, whose idealism led him to plot a way to remove the 37th president from power.
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Vera Drake

February 18 - February 24
Drama (Rated R) United Kingdom
Director: Mike Leigh

Imelda Staunton gives an award-winning performance as a 1950’s housewife in London who spends much of her spare time tending to her family, ill neighbors, and her dying mother. But she has a secret. She also performs illegal abortions. Vera attempts to perform her operations quickly and painlessly (although the scenes of her actual work may be difficult to watch). She views what she does as simply helping girls in trouble. Inevitably, something goes horribly wrong with one of the operations, and soon the police are banging on the Drakes’ door. As Vera is arrested she is forced to explain to her husband what it is she does, and the Drakes’ lives are about to be destroyed.

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Tarnation

February 24 - March 3
Documentary/Drama (unrated) USA
Director: Jonathan Caouette

Jonathan Caouette’s film re-imagines the whole idea of what a documentary can be. He weaves a psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of 80’s pop culture and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family torn apart by dysfunction and reunited through the power of love.

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Notre Musique

March 4 - March 10
Drama (unrated) France
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
French with English subtitles

This Dante-inspired triptych is divided into three "kingdoms:" Enfer (Hell), Purgatoire (Purgatory) and Paradise (Paradise) and uses documentary footage and movie clips to represent war through the ages. The setting, for the most part, is a literary conference in Sarajevo, incorporating references to the Bosnian War, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the mistreatment of Native Americans, and the legacy of the Nazis.

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Enduring Love

March 11 - March 17
Drama (Rated R) United Kingdom
Director: Roger Mitchell

Based on Ian McEwan’s best-selling novel of the same name, Enduring Love is a story of love, faith and suspense, and how life can change in an instant. As Joe Rose and his girlfriend Claire enjoy a beautiful day with a picnic, they are interrupted by a hot-air balloon that has broken free from its moorings with a child in the basket. Joe immediately joins in the effort to bring the child to safety, but during the rescue attempt a man is killed. Witness to this tragic accident is bystander, Jed Parry. Joe and Jed exchange a passing glance which burns an obsession into Jed’s soul, a glance carrying devastating consequences. Delusional and dangerous, Jed’s fixation gradually uproots Joe’s life and tests the limits of his beloved rationalism, threatening the love of Claire and driving him to the brink of murder and madness.

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Red Lights

March 18 - March 24
Drama (unrated) France
Director: Cedric Kahn
French with English subtitles

This edge-of-your-seat thriller in the tradition of Claude Chabrol and Alfred Hitchcock is based on Georges Simenon’s black comedy Red Lights. The film is metaphor for a man’s frustrated existence set on the highway he and his wife must travel to pick up their children at summer camp. The world is a dangerous place in Red Lights, particularly on this summer day with the radio reporting traffic accidents, death tolls, and a prison escape. Throughout their journey, Antoine (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) and Helene (Carole Bouquet) wear at each other’s last nerve. With every swerve in the road, Kahn forces the panicked couple to confront their problems head-on.

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The Sea Inside

March 25 - March 31
Drama/Biography (Rated PG-13) Spain
Director: Alejandro Amenabar
Spanish with English subtitles

Based on the profoundly moving true story that captured the world’s attention, The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. Though he could not move himself, Ramón had an uncanny ability to move others. A truly joyous experience, The Sea Inside celebrates the nature of freedom and love, and the mystery and beauty of life.

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Lightning in a Bottle

April 1 - April 7
Concert Film/Documentary (unrated) USA
Director: Antoine Fuqua
In February 2003, New York’s Radio City Music Hall hosted a gathering of the greatest living Blues artists on stage to celebrate a century of the unique music movement. Tracing the history of the Blues from its African roots through the Mississippi Delta, Chicago, and Memphis, Lightning in a Bottle magically succeeds in capturing heart and emotion. More than just a concert film, it provides a historical narrative, while showcasing many Blues greats.

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Bright Leaves

April 8 - April 14
Diary/Documentary (unrated) USA
Director: Ross McElwee

This film describes a journey taken across the social, economic, and psychological tobacco terrain of North Carolina by a native Carolinian whose great-grandfather created the famous brand of tobacco known as "Bull Durham." Bright Leaves is a subjective, autobiographical meditation on the allure of cigarettes and their troubling legacy for the state of North Carolina. Bright Leaves explores the notion of legacy - what one generation passes down to the next. Quirky, nuanced, and often hilarious, the story can be seen as part myth, part American history, part Hollywood hagiography.

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Undertow

April 15 - April 21
Drama (Rated R) USA
Director: David Gordon Green

Set in a contemporary South untouched by time, Undertow is a dramatic thriller about two brothers who run away from home to guard a secret following the death of their father and the arrival of their greedy, troubled uncle. Starring Jamie Bell, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney and newcomer Devon Alan, the film is a rough-and-tumble departure for Director Green, whose first two movies George Washington and All the Real Girls drew worldwide acclaim for their quiet, lyrical sensibility.

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Imaginary Heroes

April 22 - April 28
Comedy/Drama (Rated R) USA
Director: Dan Harris

Starring Sigourney Weaver, Emile Hirsch, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams, Kip Pardue, Deirdre O’Connell, Ryan Donowho, and Suzanne Santo, Imaginary Heroes is a look at one long year in the lives of an ostensibly typical, upper-middle-class suburban family. It tells a tale of a family in crisis with wit, warmth and a very contemporary sardonic spin. A sharply observed tragicomedy that draws laughter as genuinely as it coaxes tears, the nicely paced film tempers its themes of loss and sorrow with a cynically witty edge and is graced by a perfectly pitched Sigourney Weaver performance.

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