AFFLICTION
1997, Lionsgate, 114 min, USA/Canada, Dir: Paul Schrader

Writer-director Paul Schrader’s adaptation of the Russell Banks novel focuses on New Hampshire policeman Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte, in one of his best performances), forced to confront personal demons as he investigates a suspicious hunting accident. The top-notch cast includes Sissy Spacek, Willem Dafoe, Mary Beth Hurt and James Coburn, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as Whitehouse’s abusive father.


GREY GARDENS
1976, Janus Films, 94 min, USA, Dir: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer

Meet Big and Little Edie Beale: mother and daughter, high-society dropouts and reclusive cousins of Jackie Onassis. The two manage to thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their East Hampton, New York, mansion, making for an eerily ramshackle echo of the American Camelot. An impossibly intimate portrait, this 1976 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, codirected by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen.


LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH
1971, Paramount, 89 min, USA, Dir: John D. Hancock

In this hallucinatory classic, a young woman with a troubled emotional past moves into an old New England farmhouse to start over. The problem is that she quickly begins having terrifying encounters in the house, and director John Hancock keeps both the characters and the audience guessing as to whether or not she’s imagining things. With a brilliantly haunting performance by Zohra Lampert.


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