It’s closing weekend for Inside Out, but there are still a bunch of interesting films left to see. One of the most exciting screenings today is The Witnesses (pictured), the new film from acclaimed French writer-director André Téchiné, who also made the queer-themed The Wild Reeds. Set in and around Paris in 1984, the film follows a small and rather incestuous group of friends who all become affected by the onset of the AIDS epedemic. The arrival of beautiful teenager Manu shakes up the lives of promiscuous couple Sarah and Medhi, as well as their gay friend Adrien, especially when both other men fall in love with the charismatic Manu. Things go from messy to messier when Manu is diagnosed as HIV positive. At once charming and heartbreaking, this beautifully made film is both a detailed character study and a fascinating look at the early years of the AIDS crisis. All of the cast are excellent, particularly Johan Libéreau as Manu and the always-fabulous Emmanuelle Béart as Sarah.
If you’re more in the mood for light-hearted fare, there’s always Australian mockumentary Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance. Set within the highly competitive world of children’s dance recitals, the film chronicles the journey of the Jazzketeers, an underdog avant-garde children’s dance group who must face off against more traditional, Rockettes-esque teams. While Razzle Dazzle never quite reaches Christopher Guest levels of brilliance, it’s a welcome addition to the mockumentary genre and wisely chooses to make most of the comedy come at the expense of the parents and teachers, not the children.
Derek, 5:15 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Every Picture Tells a Story, 5:15 p.m. at the ROM
Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance, 7:30 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Transplanetarium, 7:30 p.m. at the ROM
My Failure to Communicate, 8:00 p.m. at Cinecycle
The Witnesses, 9:45 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Love My Life, 9:45 p.m. at the ROM
25 Cent Preview, 10:00 p.m. at Cinecycle
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