Week of August 21, 2002

Ford Free Fridays. The St. Louis Art Museums offers Friday-night features as part of its Ford Free Fridays program. This week features Marleen Gorris' Antonia's Line (1996), a feel-good comedy/drama about a strong-willed woman who, after returning to her provincial Dutch village after World War II, creates an extended family whose hub is her farm. Plays at 4 and 7 p.m. August 23 at the St. Louis Art Museum. (AK)

Reel Late Midnight Movie Series. The Tivoli Theatre presents a summer series of classic and destined to be classic films. This week features Danny Boyle's Trainspotting (1996). Trainspotting is fresh, energetic, crude, frantic and, up to a point, fun. Boyle uses every bold movie technique in the book to keep things moving. It's a film with real wit and style, and it demands respect, even if it ultimately leaves the viewer a bit bewildered and unsatisfied. Adapted from Irvine Walsh's uneven and somewhat overwrought text, the film is about being young, poor and alienated and hits each angle of the pop-culture triumvirate of sex, drugs and rock & roll -- with special emphasis on the drugs. It's an unapologetic film: It never flinches from the seamy side of heroin -- and seems to appreciate, or at least acknowledge -- its allure. There's a lot of humor and some ingenious flights of fantasy, the obligatory ironic spin on pop culture and a few pointed digs at political targets. What the film can't handle convincingly, however, is sincere emotion, and precisely when it tries to come to terms with a real, banal horror, Trainspotting trips and never quite recovers. Also playing is Metropolis. Trainspotting plays at midnight August 23, noon and midnight August 24 and noon August 25. Metropolis plays at midnight August 23-24. (RH)

Sunday Afternoon Film Series. The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center hosts a monthly series of movies relating to the Holocaust. This month features Francesco Rosi's The Truce (1997), an adaptation of Primo Levi's book of the same name. John Turturro stars as the protoganist, who, after being liberated from Auschwitz, struggles to process the experience while attempting to reawaken from the nightmare. Plays at 2 p.m. August 25 at the Holocaust Museum. NR

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