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Week of April 17, 2002

The Celluloid Couch. The St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute presents a series on movies and their psychological implications. This week features Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me (2000). The moods of Lonergan's Sundance grand-jury-prize winner are artfully mingled. Set in a quiet town in upstate New York, it's at once a drama about the unresolved traumas of childhood and a sly comedy about how sibling conflict tests the limits of family love. Lonergan (who wrote the screenplays for Analyze This and Rocky and Bullwinkle) gives us The Truman Show's Laura Linney as a wounded single mother trying to build a respectable life, little Rory Culkin (brother of Macaulay) as her needy 8-year-old and appealing newcomer Mark Ruffalo as her wayward brother, who comes home to visit with a résumé featuring odds jobs and a stint in jail. In the collision of the homebody and the charming drifter, we find ourselves immersed in life itself. A modest but brilliant little movie. With Matthew Broderick as a geeky local banker. Plays at 7 p.m. April 19 at the St. Louis Art Museum. (BG)

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