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International Lens: Curling 

When: Wed., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. 2012
Here’s all I know about Curling, the fifth film from Canadian filmmaker Denis Cote, whose acclaimed animal documentary Bestiaire played earlier this year at the Nashville Film Festival: Its trailer, its synopsis, and the descriptions of it in rave reviews freak me the hell out. (It freaked people out when it played NaFF in 2011.) And yet it’s frighteningly intriguing. Its trailer does more to evoke a mood — that is, the aforementioned freaked-the-hell-out — than to tell one much at all about the film’s plot. But the film’s brief description helps to explain the disjointed dialogue, bleak cinematography, and quickening piano soundtrack found in the preview. Perhaps this line does it best: “Julyvonne, confined to the house by her pathologically overprotective father, keeps herself occupied by reading and, occasionally, by talking to the corpses she finds in the woods near her home.” Oh yes, and in a rave review, Guardian film critic Jean-Francois Rauger called it “a brilliant reworking of Psycho.” Freaked the hell out yet? French with English subtitles.
— Steven Hale

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