(M) The Country Doctor is a film of quality that acts as a reminder of the dedication and commitment of men and women who work in the medical profession. Jean-Pierre Werner (Francois Cluzet) is a doctor based in a sprawling farming region. He has cared for the people of his district for years. He’s on call in case of emergency at all times. Nores (Christophe Odent), who is based in another town, tells him the bad news: he has a brain tumour, with only a 50-50 chance of survival. It’s urgent he lighten his workload to allow the chemotherapy a chance to work. Nores unilaterally decides to send Werner an assistant. Werner is suspicious of the newcomer but they eventually become friends thanks to the mutual respect they have for each other. Thomas Lilti, who directed and co-scripted the film, was himself a doctor — a profession he shared with George Miller, an entirely different kind of filmmaker — and The Country Doctor, his third feature, feels very authentic.
A Silent Voice (TBC) A Silent Voice is the latest anime to come to us from Japan. It’s odd, in a way, that a decision was made to animate Yoshitoki Oima’s book because the material would be equally, if not more, effective as a live action movie. It starts at a primary school where the arrival of a new girl, Shoko, irritates the school bully, Shoya, because she is profoundly deaf. He and members of his gang harass her in a variety of cruel ways, including stealing her hearing aids. A few years later, a reformed and now lonely Shoya encounters Shoko again by chance and tries to make amends. This simple story is complicated by an excess of characters and a hefty running time of well over two hours, but director Naoko Yamada’s treatment is sensitive and the animation is beautiful.
New Moon Justin Qian will be launching his exhibition along with the founder of Sculpture by the Sea, David Handley. Since moving to Australia in 1991, Qian has won numerous sculpture awards including being a finalist in the Wynne Prize at Art Gallery of NSW in 2006, the Blake Prize in 2007, and the Blacktown Arts Exhibition in 2004 and 2006. Art Atrium, 181 Old South Head Road, Sydney. Today, 2.30pm4.30pm. Inquiries: 0411 138 308 or online. Sculptures at Scenic World interiors to dynamic industrial scenery. They all demonstrate the very best of contemporary impressionism. Herman is a multi-awarded painter: a threetime winner of the coveted Camberwell Gold Medal Art Prize and a winner of the prestigious Alice Bale Award in 1989 and 1993. Artworks are also on sale. Lost Bear Gallery, 98 Lurline Street, Katoomba. Daily, 10am5pm. Inquiries: (02) 4782 1220 until April 26. A Fit Place for Women: NSW Parliament This exhibition explores the history of women in state politics, charting the contributions, struggles and triumphs of women in the state parliament, from campaigners to parliamentarians and parliamentary officers. Features women from Millicent Preston Stanley to Helen Sham-Ho. NSW Parliament House, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney. Daily, 9am-5pm. Admission free. Inquiries: (02) 9230 2111 or online. Until April 28. North Indian Music Concert Bharatiya Sangeet Academy presents North Indian classical music accompanied by the North Indian kathak dancing. Sydney vocal artist Kakoli Mukherjee and her BS Academy students will perform on the sitar, sarod and tabla, and provide the vocals. Riverside Theatre, corner of Market and Church Street, Parramatta. April 15, 10.30am and 7pm. Tickets: $25. Free admission for children under 11 years. Bookings: (02) 8839 3399 or online.