Opening this week at Living Room Theaters on Friday, July 18th are the films “Venus in Fur” directed by Roman Polanski, and the French-Canadian drama “Gabrielle”.
“Venus in Fur” is Director Roman Polanski’s 20th feature film, and was adapted from the play by David Ives. The film stars Mathieu Amalric as Thomas, a frustrated theater director disheartened in his search for the perfect actress to star in his revival of “Venus in Furs”. At the end of a fruitless open audition, Thomas is about to go home to his fiancée but is interrupted by a rain drenched actress begging to audition. Her name is Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski’s Wife), ominously sharing the name of the play’s main character. Thomas lets her read for the part, but what follows is a confusion of life imitating art, in which the director and actress plunge into the dark themes found within “Venus in Furs”; Sex , Power, Submission and Domination. Betsy Sharkly in the Los Angeles Times calls the film “a caustic, comic, cerebral romp for a long time before it hits you with its best shot — some Polanski-worthy darkness.”
“Gabrielle” is a moving drama from French-Canadian writer-director Louise Archambault. The story is about the musically gifted and mentally handicapped Gabrielle. When she falls in love with a similarly diagnosed young man in her choir, her caretakers and sister are fraught with concern. And when Gabrielle’s sister is called away to India, Gabrielle soon finds her life falling apart. Liam Lacey in the Globe and Mail says of the film that “Instead of a message movie, Gabrielle is a romance and an unusual kind of musical that seamlessly integrates special needs actors with the other cast members.”
And in order to keep everyone cool this week we are offering the Blood Orange Tequila Gimlet, a refreshing combination of Jose Cuervo, Blood Orange puree and muddled lime, shaken and served up in a sugar rimmed glass. So come down to any of our air conditioned theaters and enjoy drinks, food, and a show!