The Insider for Sept. 16
Sons and dads are the centrepiece of today’s must-see films.
What does it mean to be a man? A father? What is the most effective way to deal with a bully? The engrossing, beautifully shot Danish film In A Better World which plays at 2:45 p.m. at AMC raises these questions and many more about parenting, marriage, loss, friendship and conflict resolution. The action revolves around a physician who struggles to save lives in an African refugee camp and his son who flirts with vigilantism back in the presumptively more civilized upper middle class Denmark.
The director Susanne Bier told the Star that she juxtaposed the two seemingly disparate worlds to show “Western audiences that that part of the world is also part of our world. We keep thinking that ‘It’s fine, it’s remote, yeah, it’s very sad for them, but it doesn’t really concern us’ and it does.”
In A Screaming Man(Un Homme Qui Crie) a father and a son squabble over a job, leading to an act of revenge with terrible consequences - the tragedy that results when the bond between a parent and child is torn. Star critic Peter Howell says the film, which won Chadian writer/director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun a prize at Cannes is a “heartbreaker of pride and bitter reckoning.” Today, 4:45 p.m., Isabel Bader Theatre. Also on Sept. 19, 6 p.m., AMC Theatre.
The red carpet action’s dwindling, but there are still a few snap-worthy celebs in town.
Funnyman Jon Lovitz, two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and a very pregnant Kelly Preston (Mrs. John Travolta) are expected at Roy Thomson Hall at 5:15 p.m. for the Casino Jack premiere. It’s based on the true story of the former high-powered lobbyist Jack Abramoff whose crooked schemes landed him behind bars in what has been called the biggest scandal to hit Washington since Watergate.