Reel Alternative season closes with “The Necessities of Life”
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.