GUEST OF HONOUR
2020, Kino Lorber, 105 min, Canada, Dir: Atom Egoyan

Jim (David Thewlis) and his daughter Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira), a high school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets in the latest film from Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan (THE SWEET HEREAFTER), which weaves through time exploring perception and penance, memory and forgiveness. A hoax instigated by an aggressive school bus driver (Rossif Sutherland) goes very wrong. Accused of abusing her position of authority with 17-year-old Clive (Alexandre Bourgeois) and another student, Veronica is imprisoned. Convinced that she deserves to be punished for crimes she committed at an earlier age, Veronica rebuffs her father’s attempts to secure her early release. Confused and frustrated by her intransigence, Jim's anguish begins to impinge on his job. As a food inspector, he wields great power over small, family-owned restaurants. It’s a power he doesn’t hesitate to use. While preparing Jim's funeral, Veronica confides the secrets of her past to Father Greg (Luke Wilson), who may hold the final piece of this father-daughter puzzle.


THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
2001, Buena Vista Pictures, 110 min, USA, Dir: Wes Anderson

Director Wes Anderson jumps from intimate character study into the epic form without losing his keen observational eye. Gene Hackman is both hilarious and tragic as the patriarch of a dysfunctional family of geniuses who struggle to connect with one another and the world at large. Aided by a dynamite cast that includes Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson and Gwyneth Paltrow, Anderson tells his most ambitious and emotionally powerful story to date.


IDIOCRACY
2006, 20th Century Fox, 84 min, Dir: Mike Judge

Mike Judge’s ahead-of-its-time sci-fi comedy predicts a time in which our collective intelligence has dropped so low that it threatens to destroy the world. When average guy Luke Wilson, sent into hibernation 500 years earlier, awakes into this brave new world, America is run by a corrupt, sociopathic former pro wrestler with severe anger-management issues, and the most popular entertainment in the land is a YouTube-esque video playlist called “Ow My Balls.”


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