Posted December 7, 2018
Stocker Arts Center presents the Winter/Spring Film Series on the Lorain County Community College campus. Films are featured on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. in the Hoke Theatre. The series includes:
My Name is Khan
Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m.
2010 (PG-13) 145 min. India/English with some subtitles
Director: Karan Johar
Cast: ShahRukh Khan, Kajol, Sonya Jehan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Zarina Wahab
ShahRukh Khan stars as Rizwan Khan, whose Asperger’s syndrome goes undiagnosed until the death of his loving mother sends him off to San Francisco to live with his younger brother. Ultra-sensitive to noise, he may be petrified by the clanging of a cable car bell until he understands what it is, and his ability to express emotion may be muted, but it turns out that he’s a surprisingly successful salesman for the Indian herbal beauty products company for which his brother is an executive. He feels compelled to tell the truth no matter what, and his candor in regard to what his line of cosmetics can and cannot do amusingly beguiles the beautiful Mandira, who owns and operates a busy beauty salon. Pretty soon, the shyly handsome Khan has won the heart of Mandira, a single mother with a small son and a bad marriage in her past. When a client who lives in a small town outside San Francisco offers to put up the money to open a salon in that community Mandira accepts, and soon the new family is living the suburban American dream – until Sept. 11. Mandira is a Hindu, Khan is a Muslim, and at this point the film evolves from the story of a man with Asperger’s learning to live a successful, happy life to that of a man who embarks, in the wake of tragedy and violence, on an odyssey to declare to President Obama, “I am a Muslim and I am not a terrorist.”
You Can Count of Me
Friday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.
2000 (R) 109 min. U.S.
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Cast: Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick
Two siblings, orphaned at an early age, have grown apart as adults. Sammy, the older of the two, has stayed in the small town of their childhood. A single mother, she works in the local bank and leads a steadfast moral life with her young son. Terry, her younger brother whom she helped raise, has become a self-destructive roamer with a taste for the wilder side of life. When Terry comes for a visit, his mere presence begins to crack the veneer of Sammy’s well-ordered existence. Each is uneasy with the person the other one has become; the one tangible thing that keeps them together is the family home left to them by their parents. It also becomes the meeting place of their hearts and minds as they struggle to reconcile their conflicting lives with the love that binds them together.
The Bélier Family (La Famille Bélier)
Friday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.
2015 (Not Rated) 105 min. France/Subtitles
Director: Eric Lartigau
Cast: Louane Emera, François Damiêns, Karin Viard
Eric Lartigau’s fabulous, heart-felt comedy hit is about a young girl whose close bond to her hearing-impaired family is challenged by the discovery of an extraordinary talent for music. In the Bélier family, everyone is deaf, except dutiful sixteen-year-old Paula. She acts as an indispensable interpreter for her parents and younger brother, especially in the running of the family dairy farm. Though her salt-of-the earth father has decided to run for mayor – spurred on by her vivacious but over-involved mother – Paula’s attentions are very much elsewhere. She’s witnessed the handsome new boy at school sign up for the choir, and impulsively joined too. It’s not long before her music teacher discovers her considerable talent; however, his encouragement only exacerbates the matter of Paula’s independence. Emera, making her screen debut after being discovered on the French edition of The Voice, is a genuine revelation. She lends both sincerity and joy to this deeply moving film that has been a word-of-mouth phenomenon across Europe, achieving over 10 million admissions to date and becoming France’s most popular film of 2015.
Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
2002 (PG) 94 min. Ireland
Director: Bruce Beresford
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Bates, Sophie Vavasseur, Julianne Margulies
Pierce Brosnan plays Desmond Doyle, an alcoholic and a carpenter who has two sons and a daughter. When his wife abandons the family, the government social workers come around, size up the situation, and advise, “send in the nuns.” The children are sent to orphanages, on the grounds, then sanctified in Irish law, that a father cannot raise children by himself. In this moving, ultimately uplifting drama, a father must fight the Church, the Irish courts, and tremendous odds in order to keep his family together. Based on a true story and set in 1950s Ireland, the film follows Desmond Doyle as he struggles to lovingly raise three young children alone. The Church and the Irish courts, however, determine and insist that the children instead be raised in an orphanage. Doyle defiantly vows to reunite his family at whatever the cost. Enlisting the help of friends, he attempts to do what, to that point, had never been attempted: challenge a law before the Irish Supreme Court. The devotion of this father will not be defied by any earthly power. Consequently, he alone effectively changes a horrible policy for all of Ireland and makes history in the process.
Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
2018 (R) 103 min. USA
Director: Marc Turtletaub
Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman
“Puzzle” is a closely observed portrait of Agnes, who reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being very, very good at it. After years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband and sons, Agnes has found something she wants to do. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, she meets Robert, a wealthy reclusive inventor who immediately recognizes her talent and recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. Each day she spends out in the world, puzzling and conversing with Robert, takes Agnes further along the road to a new understanding of herself and her strengths. With that understanding comes new insights and an assertiveness that finds herself speaking out on her own behalf and pushing back against the assumptions and routines that have until now defined her role in her family.
A discussion session will follow the film.
What They Had
Friday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
2018 (R) 101 min. USA
Director: Elizabeth Chomko
Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster
Ruth has been married for more than 50 years to Burt. They live in a condo in Chicago. Their happy life is changing almost daily as she moves into the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Nick, her single son who cares deeply about his mother, believes it is time for the family to put her in a memory care facility. At his urging, his sister Bridget comes in from Los Angeles, accompanied by her daughter Emma, who has been kicked out of her college dorm for drinking; mother and daughter are not communicating well. Nor does Bridget really know her brother. He resents that she has her parents’ power of attorney even though he has been doing the lion’s share of caregiving for them. When Nick asks his father why he does not have the power to make decisions, Burt says that he is irresponsible and has only been able to land a job as a bartender. In fact, Nick owns a bar. The family all want the best for Ruth and must come to terms with what it means to let go of the woman, wife, mother, and grandmother they once knew. For Burt, it is all about commitment. He refuses to give up his role as primary caregiver
Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
2018 (R) 121 min. Japan/subtitles
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka
Director Kore-eda’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner for best film is a heartrending glimpse into an often invisible segment of Japanese society: those struggling to stay afloat in the face of crushing poverty. On the margins of Tokyo, a most unusual “family,” a collection of societal castoffs united by their shared outsiderhood and fierce loyalty to one another, survives by petty stealing and grifting. When they welcome into their fold a young girl who’s been abused by her parents, they risk exposing themselves to the authorities and upending their tenuous, below-the-radar existence. The director’s latest masterful, richly observed human drama makes the quietly radical case that it is love, not blood, that defines a family. The film is destined to become an instant modern classic of heartwarming social realism.
A discussion will follow the film.
Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
1988 (R) 170 min. Italy/subtitles
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Cast: Marco Leonardi, Salvatore Cascio, Philippe Noiret, Antonella Attili
“Cinema Paradiso” offers a nostalgic look at films and the effect they have on a young boy who grows up in and around the little village movie theater in this Italian comedy drama that is based on the life and times of screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore. The story begins in the present as a Sicilian mother pines for her estranged son, Salvatore, who left many years ago and has since become a prominent Roman film director who has taken the advice of his mentor too literally. He finally returns to his home village to attend the funeral of the town’s former film projectionist, Alfredo, and, in so doing, embarks upon a journey into his boyhood just after WWII when he became Alfredo’s unofficial son. In the dark confines of the Cinema Paradiso, the boy and the other townsfolk try to escape from the grim realities of post-war Italy. The town censor is also there to insure nothing untoward appears onscreen, invariably demanding that all kissing scenes be edited out. One day, Salvatore saves Alfredo’s life after a fire, and then becomes the new projectionist. A few years later, Salvatore falls in love with a beautiful girl who breaks his heart after he is inducted into the military. Thirty years later, Salvatore has come to say goodbye to his life-long friend who has left him a little gift in a film can. In 2002, over a decade after the film’s original release, director Tornatore brought the original 170-minute director’s cut to American screens for the first time.
Tickets for films are $7 each. The Stocker Box Office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to ticketed events. Call (440) 366-4040 for tickets or for a season calendar. Tickets are also available online at http://www.stockerartscenter.com. Click on “buy tickets.”
For more information about the Stocker Film Series, please visit http://www.stockerartscenter.com or contact Robert Dudash at rdudash @lorainccc.edu or (440) 366-7420.