Rocky’s Review
63 Up / Beanpole

In 1964, 14 British children from a range of socio-economic backgrounds were selected to participate in the UP project. Now, 56 years later, they are settling into late adulthood, exploring retirement, facing mortality, reflecting on what the project has meant to them. Michael Apted's series, featuring a new chapter every seven years, is a masterwork of the documentary genre. After all this time, Apted has, perhaps begun to abandon the project's original sociological premise. Instead he honors his decades-long relationship with the series' subjects, to whom he has become very attached. And they have questions for him as well. 63UP opens in the Rose this Friday. "If this is the final chapter, as Apted suggests it could be, it's a worthy cap to one of the boldest experiments in world cinema." -Variety

     What happens when war is given a woman's face - and body? The two Red Army vets in BEANPOLE are women. Nurse Iya, nicknamed Beanpole because of her height, and Masha, a decorated war hero, explore sex, love, death and procreation in Leningrad, bled white by the war. The time is the fall of 1945. The heroines seem to have walked off of a Vermeer canvas. BEANPOLE offers period authenticity through the lens of a new generation. Winner of Best Director and FIPRESCI prize at Cannes' Un Certain Regard. BEANPOLE opens in the Rosebud Friday. [Director] "Balagov displays the cinematic skills of an auteur at least twice his age. and both lead actresses are captivating." -Globe and Mail

     As with nearly all Starlight classics films, WHEN WE WERE KINGS sold out, so we're holding it over for a matinee show next Wednesday, 2/26. Only 30 tickets remain for Saturday's member-only screen of Bruce Springsteen's WESTERN STARS at noon.

--Rocky