Reel Al­ter­na­tive sea­son closes with “The Ne­ces­si­ties of Life”

The Drumheller Mail - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Reel Al­ter­na­tive screens its fi­nal film for the sea­son on Mon­day, May 25 at the Napier The­atre.

“The Ne­ces­si­ties of Life” was se­lected as Canada’s of­fi­cial en­try into the 2008 Academy Awards com­pe­ti­tion. This film by vet­eran Que­bec film maker Benoit Pilon, is set in a Que­bec City sana­to­rium in the 1950s. Tivii, (Natar Un­galaaq), an Inuit man, is told he has to leave his home and fam­ily be­hind to seek treat­ment for Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis. His re­moval to a strange land with a strange lan­guage, and fears of his own un­cer­tain fu­ture are eased through the min­is­tra­tions of his nurse, who not only nur­tures him back to health, but finds a trans­la­tor for him in the per­son of the or­phan Kaki. The two out­siders form a strong con­nec­tion as they strug­gle with their health, and plan for a fu­ture back home.

“The Ne­ces­si­ties of Life” is a rich and ele­giac story about the uni­ver­sal lan­guage of com­pas­sion. The ex­quis­ite per­for­mance of Natar Un­galaaq in the ti­tle role car­ries this el­e­gant hu­man­is­tic film into the realm of po­etic art.

“The Ne­ces­si­ties of Life” screens Mon­day, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Napier The­atre. Tick­ets are $8 for Drumheller Pub­lic Li­brary mem­bers, $9 for non mem­bers. The Reel Al­ter­na­tive is spon­sored by the Drumheller Li­brary So­ci­ety, The Napier The­atre, and the Film Cir­cuit, a divi­sion of the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

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