April 2016

Marguerite

France 2hr 7min Drama/Comedy NR

1921, the beginning of the Golden Twenties. Not far from Paris. It is party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle. Like every year, an array of music lovers gathers around a great cause at the owner’s place. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. Marguerite sings. She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune. In ways quite similar to the Castafiore, Marguerite has been living her passion in her own bubble, and the hypocrite audience, always coming in for a good laugh, acts as if she was the diva she believes she is.

“CRITICS’ PICK”  The New York Times 

“IMPRESSIVE… Catherine Frot in a heartbreaking and hilarious performance…”  A.O.Scott, New York Times

 

 

Mountains May Depart

China  2hr 11min  Drama/Romance  NR

Mainland master Jia Zhangke scales new heights with Mountains May Depart. At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, Jia’s new film is an intensely moving study of how China’s economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love.

“CRITICS’ PICK”  The New York Times 

“Few filmmakers working today look as deeply at the changing world as Jia Zhangke does, or make the human stakes as vivid.” Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Michael Collins Ireland

Ireland 1hr 57min Drama/Thriller R

Neil Jordan’s historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.

“Played with great magnetism and triumphant bluster by Liam Neeson, the film’s Michael Collins easily lives up to his nickname.”  Janet Maslin, New York Times

The Oxnard Film Society presents A Centenary Commemorative of the Irish Easter Rising with Special Guests.