LIGHT SLEEPER
1992, Lionsgate, 103 min, USA, Dir: Paul Schrader

Willem Dafoe is an alienated drug courier in night-time Manhattan, faced with intimations of his own mortality in this underrated, neo-Bressonian crime film from the author of TAXI DRIVER. Dana Delaney gives a powerful, understated performance as Dafoe's ex-girlfriend fated for a tragic end, while Susan Sarandon shines as his drug-dealer boss experiencing her own painful spiritual growth.


ERIN BROCKOVICH
2000, Universal, 131 min, USA, Dir: Steven Soderbergh

Oscar winner Julia Roberts is at her very best in the title role of this environmentally conscious biopic. Erin Brockovich was working as a clerk at a Southern California law firm when she discovered that residents of Hinkley, California, were being poisoned by chromium in their water supply. The subsequent class-action lawsuit spearheaded by the single mom against utility Pacific Gas & Electric resulted in a record-breaking settlement. Albert Finney co-stars as Brockovich’s boss, a seasoned attorney initially skeptical about the David vs. Goliath fight. “What's pretty original about the picture is that it focuses an investigative drama based on a true story around a comic performance.” - Amy Taubin, The Village Voice


CAROL
2015, The Weinstein Company, 118 min, USA, Dir: Todd Haynes

Two very different women fall in love in 1950s New York in this striking adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt. As a woman stuck in a loveless marriage and a young department store clerk, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara vanish into their respective roles with an intriguing balance of desire and caution. “CAROL’s lush but controlled visual look is completely intoxicating. This is filmmaking done by masters, an experience to savor.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.


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