Tender, touching films
Two engaging French films about modern families are screening this weekend.
Two Is A Family (M) screens first and stars the irrepressible and mesmerising Omar Sy and Clemence Poesy.
While working on the Coˆte d’Azur Samuel sees Kristin arriving — a womanwith whom he had an affair a year earlier.
She spots Samuel, puts their three-month-old daughter Gloria in his arms, then immediately leaves.
Slowly Gloria and Samuel form an unbreakable bond that is tested eight years later when Kristin shows up again.
The second film screening is Aurore (M), a funny, tender and touching film.
Separated from her husband, Aurore loses her job and to top it off, learns that she will soon be a grandmother.
Aurore contains many sly examples of the inappropriate behaviour that women are subjected to and highlighted in the current #MeToo movement.
She is slowly being pushed to the edge of society, but when she accidently runs into the great love of her youth, she is reluctant to get involved.
But what if a new life is about to be offered to her?
Friday, October 5, will be a single film screening of Two Is A Family (M) at 1.30 pm. Tickets are $10 and include a cuppa and biscuit following the show.
Both films will be screened on Saturday, October 6, at 6 pm and on Sunday, October 7, at 6 pm. Sunday is the start of the new daylight saving cinema times.
Screening on the weekend of October 12 and 13 is the most recent film by Director Richard Linklater, Last Flag Flying (M), which brilliantly scrutinises the complexities of war and its aftermath.
This is a poignant, thoughtful story that delivers a punch, regardless of one’s opinion of war.
Thirty years after serving together in the Vietnam war, Larry ‘‘Doc’’ Shepherd, Sal Nealon, and the Rev Richard Mueller reunite for a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in Iraq.
Forgoing burial at Arlington National Cemetery, Doc and his old buddies share memories on a bittersweet journey to New Hampshire.
A rivetting suspense drama, Chappaquiddick (M) is screening second.
This film presents a fascinating insight into the torrid political scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman when Ted Kennedy drove his car off the Chappaquiddick bridge.
It not only took the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, it ultimately changed the course of presidential history.
Australian actor Jason Clarke was cast as the youngest of the four Kennedy brothers, Ted Kennedy, and delivers a convincing portrayal.
On Saturday, October 13, at 1.30 pm the Benalla Branch of the ALP will present the thought-provoking film, Where To Invade Next (M), narrated and directed by Michael Moore.
Filmmaker Michael Moore visits various countries to examine how Europeans view work, education, health care, sex, equality, and other issues and discovers just how different the United States is from the rest of the world. Tickets are $15 and include afternoon tea following the film.
Coming up on Friday, October 19, is a Friday ‘‘Food and Film Night’’, screening Edie (M). Tickets are $30 and include a gourmet two-course meal (no concessions). Catering is by Swanpool Catering Team. Phone 0498 007 988 for reservations by October 14.
There will also be a Sunday, October 21, afternoon matinee of Edie.
The candy bar always opens half an hour before screening, with hot coffee, hot chocolate and treats available for purchase.
For more information, go to www.swanpoolcinema.com.au or phone the cinema on (03) 5768 2415.
●Wangaratta RSPCA, 1 Connell St, phone (03) 5722 2874.
●Wednesday, October 3, 2 pm: Sit and Knit. Thursday, October 4, 10 am: School Holiday Activity — Make your own grass head (bookings essential). Friday, October 5, 10.30 am: Story Time. Monday, October 8, 10.30 am: Toddler Tales (new program for one to three-year-olds). Monday, October 8, 1.30 pm: ‘‘On the Same Page’’ Book Group. Tuesday, October 9, 10 am: Bookspace. Wednesday, October 10, 2 pm: Sit and Knit. For more details, phone the Benalla Library on 5762 2069. Everyone is welcome.
●Benalla Food Cooperative open day — selling non-perishable foods, we encourage the responsible use of our Earth’s resources and support Australian producers. Thursday, October 11, 9.30 am to 12pm. Saturday, October 27, 9.30 to 12pm. Monday, November 5, 4 pmto 6.30 pm. Thursday, November 15, 9.30 am to 12 pm. Benalla Uniting Church, Carrier St. (opposite Coles) in the old kindergarten hall.
●For more details, phone 0477 211 580.
Aftermath of war: Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell in a scene from Last Flag Flying, which is screening at Swanpool Cinema on October 12 and 13.
Riveting drama: Ed Helms stars as Joe Gargan and Jim Gaffigan as Paul Markham in a scene from Chappaquiddick, which screens at Swanpool Cinema on October 12 and 13.