By Chloe Lawson
CALGARY – April (snow) showers bring May films. Can you think of a better place to usher in spring than a cool, dark theatre or a hip coffee shop after dark? Neither can we.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is an universal experience which every creature must endure. Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar) has led a tumultuous life and now is facing death due to a kidney disease. Sister-in-law Jen (Jenjira Pongpas) and caretakers help for Boonmee in his home in the jungle. Over the course of the film the ghost of Boonmee’s wife appears to him as help, his son returns as a type of yeti, and additional otherworldly creatures appear. With firm subject matter, Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul uses surrealist themes for the subject of death.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives plays at the Globe Cinema on May 5 at 7 p.m.
The Great Silence is a spaghetti-western directed by Italian director Sergio Corbucci. Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a mute due to bounty-hunters slicing his vocal cords. Silence joins a team of outlaws and a widow (Vonetta McGee) in a showdown between corrupt bounty hunters. A star of many Herzog films, Klaus Kinski plays Loco, the leader of the blood thirsty bounty hunters. This film shows the extents taken for survival, disregarding whether the audience will find the choices favourable or not. Corbucci was influenced by the deaths of both Malcolm X and Che Guevara. With this he intertwines politically-driven themes within the film.
The Great Silence Screens at the Globe Cinema on May 12 at 7 p.m.
Lowlife is separated into four vignettes showing pieces of each character. Crystal (Nicki Micheaux) is a motel owner who houses undocumented immigrants. One night she is raided due to Teddy (Mark Burnham), a man of many trades who sells organs taken from these workers or forces them into prostitution. El Monstruo (Ricardo Adam Zarate), is a Mexican wrestler with simmering anger issues working for Teddy. We meet the ex-convict Randy (Jon Oswald) fresh out of prison with a swastika tattooed on his face. Regardless of the raid, Crystal comes to Teddy asking for a kidney for her husband who soon may die. This strange crew of individuals come together in a messy plan of getting an kidney for Crystal’s husband. Lowlife is brought to the screen by Ryan Prows who provides a journey of adrenaline rushes, tender moments, and dark humour at its finest.
Lowlife opens May 4 at the Globe Cinema
The Big Sleep stars the seductive couple of 1940s Hollywood, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, with Bogart playing detective Philip Marlowe. General Sternwood (Charles Waldron) hires Marlowe to handle a blackmailer out to get his daughter, Carmen (Martha Vickers) and meets her husky-voiced sibling, Vivian (Bacall). As the case goes on Marlowe becomes entangled in murders of porn dealers and gambling houses in which Vivian spends most nights. Director Howard Hawks delivers the classic Raymond Chandler tale as a film noir showing the seedy underbelly of life and the consequences of being witness to it.
EspressoKino presents The Big Sleep at The Roasterie on May 10 at 9 p.m.Espressokino, Four Films in May, Globe Cinema, Lowlife, The Big Sleep, The Great Silence, The Roasterie, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives