We don’t need to remind you what a crazy week it’s been. Take the edge off with one of these five movie picks. For a true dive into relaxation, may we recommend HBO Max’s A World of Calm.
Week of November 2, 2020
Let Him Go
Written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, this drama set in the 1960s Montana revolves around Margaret and George Blackledge (played by Diane Lane and Kevin Costner) and their grief following the death of their son. What begins as a tale of loss turns into a terrifying thriller. Let Him Go comes to select theaters Nov. 6.
This Swedish drama, directed by Roy Andersson, explores the human condition, all the way from the evils of war to the power of love, from weakness and despair to hope and compassion. A young girl in the future recounts all these vignettes—which are packed into 76 minutes. About Endlessness won the Silver Lion for Best Direction at the Venice International Film Festival last year, and it comes to Curzon Home Cinema Nov. 6.
Chris Marker’s 1962 French sci-fi featurette—it’s 28 minutes long—is made up almost entirely of still photographs to tell a profound story about time travel. Pauline Kael called it “the greatest science fiction movie I’ve ever seen,” which is good enough for us. The film inspired Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys, which stars Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. But if you’re after the original, it starts streaming Nov. 6 at Film Forum.
Alice Winocour’s Proxima is a space movie—but it’s whole point is to stay grounded. The film follows the looming separation of an astronaut named Sarah (played by Eva Green) from her daughter Stella, as Sarah prepares to spend a year aboard the International Space Station. She has to overcome very human obstacles before making it to outer space—a lesser-seen take on the story of space travel. Available on VOD starting Nov. 6.
Guest of Honour
This 2019 feature, written, directed, and produced by Oscar nominee Atom Egoyan, starts off with Veronica (played by Laysla De Oliveira) visiting a priest (Luke Wilson) to discuss her father’s funeral. The film sets off to tell the complicated story of Veronica and Jim (her father, played by David Thewlis) through a series of flashbacks. Guest of Honour screened at Venice and TIFF last year, and makes its streaming debut on the Criterion Channel this week.