Around the World in Eleven Days

Think globally, watch locally at the fifteenth annual St. Louis International Film Festival.

Thin(Lauren Greenfield). The opening words of Thin reveal that 5 million people in the United States are anorexic, and that for one in seven women, the disease will prove fatal. What follows is a wrenching documentary about the women within Florida's Renfrew Center, a treatment facility for the eating disordered. They come in all ages and from all walks of life. Among them is Brittney, a fifteen-year-old who wistfully recalls times spent playing games of "Chew and Spit" with her anorexic mother. Another is Alisa, a mother of two, who admits to joining the Air Force to lose weight. At the center, patients are treated as prisoners — as much of their own diseases as of the discipline needed to save their lives. During meals, they are required to have two liquids, two napkins, and no blankets or purses (lest half-eaten veggie burgers be concealed within them). Here, contraband includes cigarettes, tape measures and sugar packets, and talk of numbers, calories and weight is forbidden. From the daily 6 a.m. weigh-ins that are so precise the nurses can tell when the patients have purged or skipped a single meal, to the evenings when a tiny birthday cupcake is enough to bring one patient to tears, this film follows weeks of progress and heartbreaking relapses in the lives of women afflicted with one of our society's gravest ills. Screens at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 12, at the Tivoli.
(KM)

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Buzzworthy: Everybody's excited about The O Tapes.

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