North York Central Library Film Club: Women on the Edge

September 17, 2012 | Viveca

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Our Fall program "Women on the Edge" delivers blows: hits to the heart, to the soul (and to the head) with heroines that are complicated, desperate, fiercely intelligent - and trapped. 

The Film Club meets on Mondays once a month in the North York Central Library auditorium.  Films start at 6 pm followed by an informal discussion. Admission is free.  Call 416-395-5672 to register.

The Deep Blue Sea (2011): if you missed the September screening, you can still get the film from your local branch. Director Terence Davies is often referred to as the greatest living British filmmaker - his output is small - but brilliant. Rachel Weisz's performance as Hester, an upper middle-class woman who has left her husband for Freddie (Tom Hiddleston), a dashing (but damaged) RAF pilot, is heartbreaking. Hiddleston (War Horse, Midnight in Paris), best known as the villain in The Avengers, now has a virtual army of adoring fans. And with good reason: this classically-trained Brit has talent and charm to sink a ship.

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Kate Winslet, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Melanie Lynskey, Anne Hathaway

Heavenly Creatures (1994): Directed by "Lord of the Rings" Peter Jackson, this was the breakout film for superstar, Kate Winslet.  Winslet and Melanie Lynskey (an actress who is now coming into her own) portray the intense relationship between two young girls. Based on New Zealand's most notorious murder case.  Creepy fun fact: one of the young murderers is now a best-selling mystery novelist writing under another name.  You may be reading one of her books right now.

Rachel Getting Married (2008): Kym (Anne Hathaway) returns home from rehab to attend the wedding of her sister, Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt).  Saying yes to the dress is the least of their problems as this family function turns into dysfunction. Director Jonathan Demme's dark look at family dynamics takes on a documentary feel with Hathaway playing against type.  

My Week With Marilyn (2011): Lots of attempts have been made to re-create La Monroe on screen - and Michelle Williams comes the closest to nailing it (she's got the Golden Globe to prove it). Based on Colin Clark's memoir of the disatrous filming of The Prince and the Showgirl with Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branaugh) during which  Monroe's raw talent collided with Olivier's rigorous discipline.

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