Movie Diary 5/10/2016

Indignation (James Schamus, 2016). The longtime writer-producer gets into the director’s chair, for a Philip Roth adaptation that does some interesting things with duration and dialogue. Tracy Letts is great in a supporting role. The movie – and Schamus – pops up during the opening weekend of the Seattle International Film Festival.

Illegitimate (Adrian Sitaru, 2016). A new one from Romania, imported for SIFF. Inside a close but suddenly unhappy family, devastating secrets are revealed about a father’s role as a doctor during the Ceausescu era and about a complicated situation involving his adult children. These secrets come together in unexpected ways, played out in small apartments and clouds of cigarette smoke.

Mad Tiger (Michael Haertline, Jonathan Yi, 2015). A documentary about Peelander-Z, the Japanese performance-art-punk band. It comes as small surprise that the crazed band has at least one crazed person in it. (full review 5/13)


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