Fellow Film Club Members and Movie Buffs:
Well, it is late Spring in the South Sound, as the weather flirts with high 50’s, and our lawns get plenty of watering. Summer will be here in a blink, so wind up the spring fling with the TFC this Friday night, June 8, 2012. We will be screening a wonderful docudrama called STRANGERS IN GOOD COMPANY (1990). It was directed by Cynthia Scott, a Canadian director, mostly known for her documentaries. She is married to director John N. Smith. For many years she was a staff director for the National Film Board of Canada. Some of her other films include FOR THE LOVE OF THE DANCE (1981), JACK OF HEARTS (1986), and she won an Oscar for her short film FLAMENCO AT 5:15. She is currently recovering from cancer.
The film received more than a dozen International awards, including the “Most Popular Canadian Film of 1990” at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
This movie is unlike her other work. It truly plays like a drama, with excellent cinematography and musical score. Yet much of the dialogue was improvised, and the seven women in the movie are all non-professionals who play themselves.
From ALMOST FABULOUS MOVIE REVIEWS, “They were not acting, they were bonding. It’s funny, sad, poignant and simply wonderful. See it.”
The film made about 4 million dollars outside of Canada, which is remarkable for a documentary.
Scott put together a production team that all had extensive experience with documentaries. Marie Bernard wrote the music for the film, and she has scored 9 films from 1984-1999, most of them in Quebec, in French. The movie was shot in rural Quebec by cinematographer David de Volpi, who has lensed 97 films from 1964-2001, and 95% of them were documentaries.
STRANGERS IN GOOD COMPANY (1990)
Directed by Cynthia Scott @ 101 minutes
The film stars Alice Diabo, Constance Garneau, and Winnifred Holden.
Synopsis: This is a docudrama about a busload of older women who became stranded in an isolated part of the Canadian countryside. As they waited around for their rescue, they reflected upon their lives.
Tagline: One of the most exhilarating movies ever made about people who’ve grown old, but remain ageless inside.
Rita Kempley of THE WASHINGTON POST wrote, “ All their wrinkles and woes can’t quite hide the last shadows of their beauty. The film fairly shimmers with their memories and cheers us with their resilience.”
“Both witty and wise, this film is an epiphany for the price of a movie ticket.” The Philadelphia Inquirer.
So mark your calendars and join us this Friday, 6/8/12 and enjoy a spirited screening of STRANGERS IN GOOD COMPANY. The event will be held at 924 Broadway, in the Pythian Temple, at street level, across from the Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. Look for the large TFC banner out front. Doors will be open at 6:15 p.m. Come and enjoy some fellowship. Any of you who would like to may bring snacks or beverages, including wine, to share with others. Our donation box sits on the snack table, and those funds assist us with rent and club expenses. We will discuss the upcoming TFC summer party again, and hope for progress with the planning. Membership cards are always available for anyone who wishes to officially become a member–cost is $20.00 annually. See you at the movies!