Director: Isabel Coixet Cast: Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruiz, Peter Sarsgaard
With humanistic warmth, wry wit and erotic intensity, Elegy is a truly memorable film that features extraordinary performances from Academy Award winners Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz, and is based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Philip Roth's novel The Dying Animal.
Kingsley plays David Kepesh, a New York college professor, academic and author. He fills his hours with art, music, literature and photography. And girls - of course - notably his students. As far as he can see, he could go on like this for years to come. Kepesh, who walked out on his wife and son many years ago, is a tireless advocate of commitment-free affairs: (even his professional reputation rests, in part, on the celebration of hedonism in American history) until his wandering eye settles upon the astonishingly beautiful, much younger Consuela Castillo (Penelope Cruz, whose performance is entrancing; one of considerable grace and strength).
We certainly know why he's drawn to her. Consuela's devastating beauty is matched by a mind and heart that he is desperate to possess. Kingsley doesn't just voice Roth's rhapsodies of male ego and desire. He makes you hear what they truly are: desperate pleas for faith, a need to know if the lust that rules him is about giving or just taking.
Driven by Isabel Coixet's ("My Life Without Me") visually assured and deeply observant direction, Elegy charts the passionate relationship between Kepesh and Consuela. As their intimate connection transforms them - more than either could imagine - a charged sexual contest evolves into an indelible love story. Although to think Elegy is simply about two people madly in love, is incorrect. Kepesh's relationship with his son is impressively portrayed in its emotional complexity and Kepesh's time spent with best friend and poet George (an excellent Dennis Hopper) are incredibly poignant. On the one hand a shattering, heartfelt romantic drama, Elegy is also a complex, intelligent and unflinchingly honest meditation on lust, mortality, family, male friendship, intimacy and commitment. The film has a real interest in adult ideas rarely seen in today's cinema, while remaining a powerful, elegant and moving dramatic work.
Rating: (M) 2hrs
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th August 2009
Times to be advised.
Prices: Adult $13.00; Concession $10.00; Member/Child $8.50
We screen Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
Nambour Civic Centre is a licensed venue - every person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (including movie sessions)
2009 Film Club Memberships - available now
Membership entitlements include:
*Discounted tickets to every movie -- adult tickets are normally $13, however when you show your membership card, you receive your ticket for $8.50
*2 free movie tickets -- these tickets can be used by you or you are welcome to invite a friend to use these free tickets at any session over the year, however they cannot be used on the first Sunday of each month which is Film Club Night
*Monthly newsletter -- posted to members at the end of each month which lists the movies and screening dates for the upcoming movies. The newsletter also has movie reviews and any information relevant for Film Club members
*Invitation to Film Club Nights -- on the first Sunday of each month we hold a special function for Film Club members which include a screening of an art-house movie and a catered get-together.
* Invitation to Film Discussion Groups - in-formal, fun discussions with like-minded movie goers
Phone us now to join - 5475 7777 (business hours) - or bring your membership form and payment along with you to the February Film Club Function
Yearly Subscription: $38 (Year: 1 March 08 - 28 February 09)
Visit the website: http://www.nambourciviccentre.com.au/cinema/film_club.html
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