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(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.

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