CRY­ING OUT ( A L’ORIG­INE D’UN CRI)

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CWC D: Robin Au­bert w/ Jean La­pointe, Michel Bar­rette. Canada. 115 min. Sep 11, 9 pm AMC 3; Sep 12, 11 am AMC 4 Rat­ing: NNNNN A man, his fa­ther and grand­fa­ther are out on the road with a whole lot of hate, heartache, booze and even a corpse. Cry­ing Out is a melo­drama that strives for shock value at the ex­pense of con­vic­tion.

Au­bert takes ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to show lurid sex, child abuse, a grown man breast­feed­ing and many, many vi­o­lent out­bursts. It may be dif­fi­cult to watch, but it’s very easy to for­get, since the ma­nip­u­la­tive film barely per­suades us to care about the char­ac­ters or their re­demp­tion. Nonethe­less, Au­bert sal­vages some touch­ing vi­su­als – like one of a man lov­ingly bathing his dead wife – from this sen­sa­tional mess.

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