Declaration of Independents

The St. Louis International Film Festival proves "indie" isn't a category but a way of life

You can also get a good look at some quirkier foreign films than usually see the light of day on these shores: The Spanish Woman is a dreamlike look at an immigrant community in 1960s Australia, Absolute Hundred a grim drama about a washed-up Olympic marksman in the former Yugoslavia and See You Off to the Edge of Town a touching and amusing (though, again, overlong) family drama that follows a Chinese family on a trip to the Grand Canyon.

Amy's Orgasm
Amy's Orgasm


The eleventh annual Charter Communications St. Louis International Film Festival runs November 14-24 at the Tivoli and Hi-Pointe theaters and Webster University, with panel discussions held at Blueberry Hill and the Sheraton Clayton Plaza. For more RFT recommendations and reviews, see Series/Festivals.

One might hope that a film called Invasion Anime could help newbies discover the joys of such Japanese animated films as the current Spirited Away, but, alas, Angie Alexander's cheap-looking collection of close-up talking-head interviews shows no depth and worse yet, virtually no clips to back up the talk. Skip it and go see Spirited Away if you haven't yet; you won't regret it. -- Luke Y. Thompson

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