Any Day Now (M)
Alan Cumming (Burlesque) and Garret Dillahunt (Winter’s Bone) star as a gay couple in the ‘70s fighting to keep custody of an abandoned Down’s Syndrome teen in this true-story drama. But when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, they’re forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own.
Starring: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher, Gregg Henry
Directed by Travis Fine (‘The Space Between’)
Written by Travis Fine, George Arthur Bloom
Drama, True Story | 1hr 38mins | M | Offensive language, sexual references and drug use | Country of Origin: USA |
A Promise (M)
Romantic period drama set in pre-WWI Germany, chronicling a simmering love triangle between an ailing factory owner (Alan Rickman), his young bride (Rebecca Hall), and his protégé (Richard Madden). The first English-language film French filmmaker Patric Leconte, inspired by the novella Journey into the Past by Stefan Zweig (whose work also served as inspiration for The Grand Budapest Hotel).
“Hoffmeister (Rickman) is an ailing factory owner, whiskered and respectable. As his energies flag, he looks to a sharp young man in his employ for help. Ludwig (Madden) impresses Hoffmeister with his reliability and youthful spirit, and the older man finds himself leaning more and more on this promising up-and-comer. At the same time, Hoffmeister’s young bride (Hall) is looking for a tutor for their child, and Ludwig proves both flexible and willing. When he moves into their home, an emotional triangle develops. Societal dignity and decorum must be respected, and it is. Nevertheless, heated passions come into play, while Hoffmeister looks on. Unravelling over many years, this tale extends well beyond its set-up, and Leconte moves us through the emotional maze, making us aware of the complexities of feeling amongst all of the players.” (Toronto International Film Festival)
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden, Toby Murray, Maggie Steed, Shannon Tarbet
Directed by : Patrice Leconte (‘Monsieur Hire’, ‘Intimate Strangers’, ‘The Widow of Saint Pierre’)
Written by :Jérôme Tonnerre, Patrice Leconte (based on the Stefan Zweig novella ‘Journey Into the Past’)
Drama, Romance | 1hr 34mins | M | Sex scenes | Country of Origin: France, Belgium | Language: English
Words and Pictures (M)
Clive Owen (Children of Men) and Juliette Binoche (Chocolat) star in this light romantic comedy about an English teacher who challenges the school’s art teacher to a “war” between words and pictures and, in the process, sparks an unlikely romance.
“Prep school English teacher Jack (Owen) laments his students’ obsession with social media and good grades – as opposed to rigorous engagement with language. A one-time literary star, Jack has not published in years. He’s estranged from his son. In short, Jack has much to despair of, and when Jack despairs, Jack drinks…
“Dina (Binoche) is an abstract painter. Like Jack, she was once celebrated for her art, but the onset of arthritis has made the physical act of painting too painful to bear. Jack finds Dina attractive but icy; he flirts with and provokes her with equal relish. With a performance review looming and his job on the line, Jack comes upon an inspired method of galvanising student interest in their studies: he declares a war between words and pictures, confident that the former can convey greater meaning than the latter. Dina accepts Jack’s challenge and the battles begin. But, before they even know it, their hearts have also entered the fray.” (Toronto International Film Festival)
Starring: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Keegan Connor Tracy, Amy Brenneman
Directed by Fred Schepisi (‘Roxanne’, ‘Six Degrees of Separation’)
Written by Gerald Di Pego
Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1hr 51mins | M | Offensive language | Country of Origin: USA
Face of Love (M)
She lost her perfect love, until she found his perfect double.
Romantic melodrama starring Annette Bening and Ed Harris, about a widowed woman who finds herself attracted to a man that bears a striking resemblance to her late husband. From the director of The Chumscrubber.
“Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Harris), Nikki (Bening) meets a man who seems his exact duplicate. Not only does this stranger possess the same deeply lined face and startling blue eyes, he also shares Garrett’s kindness, humour, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. Romance blossoms between Nikki and this alluring doppelgänger, but she can’t bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. So she hides her photos and prevents him from meeting friends and family. Still, she can’t resist taking him to all the old haunts. It isn’t a question of if the truth will come out, but when.” (Toronto International Film Festival)
Starring: Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams, Jess Weixler, Amy Brenneman, Jeffrey Vincent Parise
Directed by Arie Posin (‘The Chumscrubber’)
Written by Matthew McDuffie, Arie Posin
Drama, Romance | 1hr 32mins | Country of Origin: USA