FFF: Sunday, April 10
Published: April 7, 2011
7 p.m. at Enzian Theater - River of Grass A screening of the 1994 film directed by Kelly Reichardt and set in the Everglades, part of curator Scott Foundas' "Florida Films" series.
8:30 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Potiche (4 Stars) The latest from prolific French filmmaker Francois Ozon harbors resonant messages about women's liberation and the 1970s organized labor movement, amid the seemingly insubstantial context of a romantic farce. The movie's colorful visual palette and formal playfulness make it more buoyant, and a lot more fun, than the recent thematically similar Made in Dagenham. Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu chew the scenery with humor and class. -John Thomason
9:15 p.m. at Enzian Theater - Fanny, Annie & Danny (2 Stars) You know how every Thanksgiving or Christmas you read about a dysfunctional family gathering that ended in a bloodbath? Imagine sitting through nearly 90 minutes of prelude to the event. Fanny, Annie & Danny is a low-budget tale of variously screwed-up siblings coming home for Christmas to the ugliest (on the inside) Ma and Pa one can imagine, mainly because they all have nowhere else to go and are just that full of self-loathing. It ends in revelations and tragedy, the latter of which is both lazily earned and, I suppose, sadly realistic. -JS
9:30 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (2 Stars) This documentary about two raging alcoholics and the men who taped their screaming matches begins as an interesting examination of an organic cult phenomenon - the tapes were discovered by the San Francisco hipster set and turned into comic books and plays - but quickly peters out. At first, it works as a curiosity, but the two men who taped their crazy neighbors turn from pleasantly surprised accomplices into bickering, mean-spirited opportunists milking a sliver of an interesting story. By the time they're hassling one of their neighbor's now-elderly friend at his front door, you just wish "Eddie Lee Sausage" and "Mitchell D" would, well, shut up. -JS