If you haven’t seen The Imposter yet, I suggest you catch it at the Cinematheque this weekend (Saturday at 9:45; Sunday at 6:30). This crazy documentary tells the story of a lost child who reappears in his Texas family’s life after three years–with different colored eyes and a French accent. The family takes him in, and most of the authorities accept the young man’s story of kidnapping and torture. Then, I guess you could say the story becomes complicated!
People often used to find documentaries boring, and maybe some still do. Contemporary docs, though, often pick up and pursue these stranger-than-fiction stories and present them in concise, exciting style. The Imposter fits this bill.
I want to see Lonely Are the Brave (1962) this weekend, because Of Kirk Douglas’s performance and Dalton Trumbo’s script, based on a novel by Edward Abbey. Trumbo, who also wrote Spartacus, was blacklisted after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. He wrote several movies sub rosa, including Roman Holiday. Around 1960, he was finally able to write books and movies under his own name. He’s also known for the novel Johnny Got His Gun. This film may be a touch arty and ponderous, but I’m curious about it. See it Saturday at 5:15 pm or Sunday at 8:30 pm.
Fianlly, the actor Geoffrey Rush (remember Shine?) is always worth seeing, and in The Eye of the Storm, an Australian movie based on a Patrick White novel, he’s starring with the estimable Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis. This family drama looks funny, in an acerbic way. It shows Saturday at 7:25 pm and Sunday at 3:45 pm.