“Sunday’s Illness”

April 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

A Netflix release.  Director, Ramón Salazar, reflects on the movie’s title.  “I remember when I was eight years old, I deeply hated the feeling I got on Sunday afternoons.  That moment when the sun goes down and all you can do is wait for Monday to arrive.  It was incredibly distressing for me. I was invaded by unease, which went away once Monday came. I would face Monday with strength and hope that Friday would arrive as soon as possible.”

When Anabel, a sophisticated diplomat’s wife, hosts a charitable fundraiser, she comes face to face with one of the waitstaff,  her 43 year old daughter Chiara, who she abandoned 35 years prior.  There is a long pause in the film as Anabel and Chiara glance at one another from across a long banquet table with gazes of uncertainty and certainty, curiosity and disbelief.

Reunited, Chiara, proposes a strange request for her biological mother. She asks that her mother spend 10 days with her at her farmhouse in the country.  Due to the class differences, Anabel’s family is concerned for her safety, and forces Chiara to sign legal documents stating that she will never ask for anything else in the future. Chiara signs the document without any hesitation or review.  Skeptical, Anabel, agrees to the proposition, and with reservations is dropped off in the picturesque country setting.  Gradually, as the two spend time getting to know one other, Chiara, helps Anabel shed her pretension and upscale attire, for a more relaxed attitude, and jeans and sneakers. The two slowly begin to make up for lost time, however, Chiara has a deeper ulterior motive to their visit other than bonding and getting to know one another better.

Stars Barbara Lennie and Susi Sanchez.

A Netflix release.

“Lemonade”

April 19, 2018 § Leave a comment

What a story!  “Lemonade” is a riveting story about immigration, a questionable marriage of convenience, cultural differences, abuse of power, corruption, and the desire for a better life for an 8 year old boy.  Female Romanian film director, Ioana Uricaru, stated, “the idea for the story was sparked by a true story based on her own experiences of discovering the American way of life, and the differences between the American and Romanian worldviews.”

Plot: Romanian born, Mara, comes to the US on a temporary work visa to work as a healthcare professional in a medical facility.  While working she meets an American man, Daniel, who sustained an injury on the job and requires dialysis.  The two quickly marry and she quits her job and cares for him.  Mara is the mother of one son, 8 years old, from a previous marriage.  The boy, Dragos, comes to the US to live with his mother and her ‘friend.’  Mara and Daniel are interviewed separately by an immigration officer, Moji, who is investigating the legitimacy of their marriage. Moji accuses Mara of marriage fraud,  and begins to ask her why she never married her son’s biological father in Romania. He then begins to hold Mara’s immigration status application as bait in return for sexual favors and blackmail.  Mara, hires a lawyer, wires herself with a recording device, and becomes an investigative reporter.

Will she take the US immigration department to court?  Is her immigration journey to the US worth it?

‘Lemonade’ is the harsh reality of a young immigrant mother and her 8 year old son who are striving for the American dream.  Must see.

6:00 PM – THU 4/19
 5:45 PM – FRI 4/20
5:45 PM – SAT 4/21
8:00 PM – FRI 4/27

 

 

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“Shelter”

April 2, 2018 § Leave a comment

From the Director of “The Syrian Bride,” and “The Lemon Tree,” comes a story of a female Israeli Mossad agent who is sent to an apartment in Germany for two weeks to protect their Lebanese informant who is undergoing plastic surgery in order to claim a new identity.  Who can be trusted? Will they make it out alive?

Starts April 6, 2018

Santa Monica, CA-    Laemmle’s Town Center 5

Beverly Hills, CA-  Ahrya Fine Arts

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