The Oakmont News / August 15, 2015
Movies At Oakmont WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAY AND TIME: Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible
Sunday, August 16, 2 pm WILD
Undone by a broken marriage and her mother’s death, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) has been on a years-long reckless tear, fueled by addiction and despair. In a bid to save her life, she decides to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail—alone and with no experience. This autobiographical drama, based on the book of the same name, features spectacular scenery and Academy Award-nominated performances from Witherspoon and Laura Dern, who plays her mother. (2014), R (language, sexuality), 115 minutes.
Sunday, August 16, 7 pm BRIEF ENCOUNTER
After a chance meeting on a train platform, a middle-aged doctor and a suburban housewife enter into a passionate love affair, knowing there’s no possibility for a lasting relationship. The two meet every Thursday to play out their doomed romance, bringing about unexpected consequences. This haunting film, written by Noel Coward, prominently features Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2 in its screen score. Considered by many to be one of the most romantic films ever made. (1945), NR, 86 minutes.
Sunday, August 23, 2 pm SHOWER
Big-city executive Da Ming returns to his boyhood home where his aging father and mentally disabled brother run an old-fashioned communal bath house that’s threatened by modern progress. At first, Da longs to return to his job. But, soon, the leisurely pace and abundant camaraderie of the bath house, where men gather to chat and play games, has Da thinking twice about leaving his family. This sweet and poignant comedy is a film festival multi-award winner. (1999), PG-13, 94 minutes. (In Mandarin).
Sunday, August 23, 7 pm RABBIT PROOF FENCE
Australia’s aboriginal program of the 1930s broke countless hearts—among them those of young Molly, Gracie and Daisy, who were torn from their families and placed in an abusive orphanage. Without food or water, the girls resolve to make the 1,500-mile trek home. Meanwhile, a well-intentioned tracker is trying to return the girls to the authorities. A visually stunning true story with a haunting screen score, this film won 23 international awards and honors. Kenneth Branagh stars. (2002), PG, 93 minutes.
Sunday, August 30, 2 pm MONSOON WEDDING
As the monsoon rains loom in this romantic drama, Lalit Verma and his extended family reunite in New Delhi for the last-minute arranged marriage of his daughter Aiditi. But long-guarded secrets threaten to tear the family apart. As wedding preparations proceed, five stories intersect, highlighting different aspects of love and crossing boundaries of class and continent. A Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film. (2001), R (for language), 114 minutes.
Sunday, August 30, 7 pm AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
This Oscar-nominated drama tells the story of Daniel Dareus, a small-town boy who escaped his tiny village to become a successful international conductor. A tragic mishap sends him back home in search of a fresh start, and he ends up leading the local choir. Full of interesting, quirky people and wonderful music, the film is a heartfelt tale of inspiration and discovery as well as being romantic and funny. (2005), NR, 132 minutes. (In Swedish).
For Your Refrigerator/Wallet
Sunday, August 16, 2 p.m.: Wild, (2014), R, 115 minutes. Sunday, August 16, 7 p.m.: Brief Encounter, (1945), NR, 86 minutes. Sunday, August 23, 2 p.m.: Shower, (1999), PG-13, 94 minutes. Sunday, August 23, 7 p.m.: Rabbit Proof Fence, (2002), PG, 93 minutes. Sunday, August 30, 2 p.m.: Monsoon Wedding, (2001), R, 114 minutes. Sunday, August 30, 7 p.m.: As It Is In Heaven, (2005), NR, 132 minutes.
Published on Aug 13, 2015