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RELIC
2020, IFC Midnight, 89 min, Australia/USA, Dir: Natalie Erika James

When elderly mother Edna (Robyn Nevin) inexplicably vanishes, her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) rush to their family’s decaying country home, finding clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence. After Edna returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared, Kay’s concern that her mother seems unwilling or unable to say where she’s been clashes with Sam’s unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna’s behavior turns increasingly volatile, both begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her. With RELIC, first-time writer-director Natalie Erika James crafts an unforgettable new spin on the haunted-house movie.


STRONGER
2017, Roadside Attractions, 119 min, USA, Dir: David Gordon Green

Filled with raw emotion, humanity and humor, this is the inspirational real-life story of the man who became the living embodiment of “Boston Strong” following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man who was at the marathon to try to win back his ex-girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany). Waiting for her at the finish line when the blast occurs, he loses both his legs in the attack. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, Jeff is able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle has just begun. He tackles months of physical and emotional rehabilitation with the unwavering support of Erin and his family. It is Jeff’s deeply personal account of the heroic journey that tests a family’s bond, defines a community’s pride and inspires his inner courage to overcome devastating adversity. With Miranda Richardson.


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