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ELENA

CWC D: An­drey Zvyag­int­sev w/ Nadezhda Mark­ina, An­drey Smirnov. Rus­sia. 109 min. Sep 8, 6:45 pm TIFF Bell Light­box 2; Sep 10, noon AMC 9; Sep 18, 6:15 pm TIFF Bell Light­box 1 Rat­ing: NNNN With this im­mensely sat­is­fy­ing Hitch­cock­ian tale of moral lar­ceny, Zvyag­int­sev ( The Re­turn) con­tin­ues the ex­plo­ration of fam­ily dy­nam­ics that’s be­come his trade­mark. Here, a gen­tle, du­ti­ful wife (Mark­ina) takes rad­i­cal steps to pro­tect her­self and her son from a pre­vi­ous mar­riage from the machi­na­tions of her wealthy hus­band’s ( Smirnov) daugh­ter.

The di­rec­tor high­lights the ba­sic class di fer­ences in­her­ent in the mar­i­tal re­la­tion­ship, giv­ing his in­trigu­ing sto­ry­line more res­o­nance. The pri­macy of the char­ac­ters’ self- in­ter­est serves as an im­plied crit­i­cism of post-Soviet Rus­sian so­ci­ety. An art­ful piece of solid en­ter­tain­ment. PE

LE HAVRE

MAST D: Aki Kau­ris­mäki w/ An­dré Wilms, Kati Ou­ti­nen. Fin­land. 93 min. Sep 8, 9: 30 pm Visa Screen­ing Room (El­gin); Sep 9, 1 pm Jack­man Hall ( AGO) Rat­ing: NNN Good- hearted bo­hemian Mar­cel ( Wilms) works shin­ing shoes in the port city of Le Havre, and times are very tough. But he’s well loved by his friends, neigh­bours and es­pe­cially his wife (Ou­ti­nen), who is gravely ill, un­be­knownst to Mar­cel.

When he de­cides to help an illegal refugee, he must en­gage the sup­port of his friends and ig­ure out a way to elude a very dogged po­lice in­spec­tor ( JeanPierre Dar­roussin).

This fairy tail from the Fin­nish di­rec­tor doesn’t ooze irony like his other movies, but it ex­pertly evokes its tit­u­lar lo­ca­tion and has many quiet plea­sures, chief among them its deft per­for­mances. SGC

PINA

MAST D: Wim Wen­ders. Ger­many/ France. 103 min. Sep 8, 6: 30 pm TIFF Bell Light­box 1; Sep 18, noon TIFF Bell

Light­box 1 Rat­ing: NNNN Wen­ders’s magni icent homage to dance great Pina Bausch doesn’t re­veal a lot about the woman – she died right be­fore shoot­ing was set to be­gin – but cap­tures

the essence of her art through ex­cerpts from sug­ges­tive, richly dra­matic works like The Rite Of Spring and Café Mueller.

3 D tech­nol­ogy al­most al­lows the viewer to feel the heat em­a­nat­ing from the dancers’ bod­ies. The range of set­tings in­cludes tra­di­tional prosce­nium stages as well as parks and rivers out­side Bausch’s Tanzthe­ater Wup­per­tal.

The per­form­ers re­call Bausch with a fec­tion and in­tel­li­gence, but com­mu­ni­cate most through dance. GS

THE RAID

MM D: Gareth Evans w/ Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian. In­done­sia. 100 min. Sep 8, 11: 59 pm Ry­er­son; Sep 10,

12:15 pm AMC 2 Rat­ing: NNN In this Mid­night Mad­ness opener, di­rec­tor Evans is re­united with his charis­matic Mer­an­tau star, Uwais, for an e fec­tive but slightly mo­not­o­nous crime ac­tioner that show­cases the In­done­sian mar­tial art of si­lat.

A SWAT team breaks into a run­down Jakarta apart­ment full of junkies and crim­i­nals to take down a drug lord. The cops then be­come the tar­get un­til their team leader (Uwais) be­gins thwack­ing thugs and the min­i­mal plot takes a cou­ple of pre­dictable twists.

Helped by a pul­sat­ing score and e fec­tive sound e fects, Evans stages some jaw- drop­ping se­quences and re­al­is­tic deaths, in­clud­ing one in­volv­ing a lu­o­res­cent light bulb. But even a bit of hu­mour and some wild over­act­ing can’t re­lieve the limb- ly­ing rep­e­ti­tion at the mid­way point. GS

REST­LESS

MAST D: Gus Van Sant w/ Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska. U. S. 95 min. Sep 8, 9 pm Ry­er­son; Sep 9,

4 pm TIFF Bell Light­box 2 Rat­ing: NN Af­ter the main­stream tri­umph of Milk, Van Sant sw­erves back into in­dieland with this Port­land­set tale of a young fu­neral crasher (Hopper, looka­like son of Dennis) and the dy­ing girl ( Wasikowska) who steals his heart and teaches him to love again. Also, his only friend is the ghost of a Ja­panese kamikaze (Ryo Kase) who likes to play Bat­tle­ship. ( Yes, re­ally. Bat­tle­ship.)

Cap­ti­vated by the a fec­ta­tions and con­trivances of Jason Lew’s script, which ap­plies the Manic Pixie Dream Girl tem­plate to both lead char­ac­ters, Van Sant has made his most un­con­vinc­ing drama since Find­ing For­rester. It’s ba­si­cally El­iz­a­beth­town with tu­mours.

NW

THIS IS NOT A FILM (IN FILM NIST)

MAST D: Ja­far Panahi, Mo­jtaba Mir­tah­masb. Iran. 75 min. Sep 8, 9:45 pm TIFF Bell Light­box 2; Sep 9, 4:45 pm TIFF Bell Light­box 3 Rat­ing: NNNNN Banned from mak­ing films and fac­ing a six-year prison sen­tence, Panahi ( The White Bal­loon) speaks di­rectly to the cam­era from his apart­ment. He sits at a small ta­ble eat­ing break­fast while ac­knowl­edg­ing his pre­car­i­ous le­gal po­si­tion. Shot by shot, he de­scribes the film

he’d been plan­ning to make.

Bril­liantly us­ing mask­ing tape, he turns his liv­ing room car­pet into a proto- set as he re­counts the script scene by scene. Re­al­ity and ic­tion blur as the ac­tion pro­gresses over the course of one day. This Is Not A Film is a de iant act of re­bel­lion, an in­sight­ful look into a cre­ative mind and a warm por­trait of an artist. Even more as­ton­ish­ing, it’s an in­ven­tive piece of en­ter­tain­ment.

Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper get Rest­less. So do we.

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