Friday Night Flix features British actress Thomas

Sep 26, 2019
Kristin Scott Thomas stars in “The Party” (2017, UK).

BELFAST — In October the Belfast Free Library’s Friday Night Flix film series features movies starring actress Kristin Scott Thomas. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Scott Thomas was educated in theater, both in London and Paris. A very versatile actor, performing in comedic roles as well as drama, she is perhaps most well-known for “The English Patient.”

Starting out on Oct. 4 is “I've Loved You So Long” (2008, France/Germany). This very well may be the film that makes Kristin Scott Thomas's reputation as not only a good actress, but a great one. After 15 years in prison, a former medical doctor moves in with her younger sister and family. Bitter, introspective and reclusive, she has spent her sentence without any visitors and totally forgotten by her family and now she has problems interacting with her brother-in-law and young nieces. She has to visit every other week with her probation officer, as well as seek a job to rebuild her life. As days go by, Juliette gets closer to the family of her sister and befriends their friends, as all try to come to an understanding of the past. It is rated PG-13. Running 117 minutes, it is French and English, with subtitles.

Mid-month is a dark comedy/drama, “The Party” (2017, UK), on Oct. 11. A highlight is the all-star cast: Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer and Cillian Murphy. Scott Thomas hosts a party to celebrate her new government promotion, but once the guests arrive, it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine. Inevitably, before dinner is served, the upbeat ambience will shatter to pieces, as secrets will start surfacing in this perfect domestic war-zone Rated R because of language and drug use, the length is a fast-paced 71 minutes, in English.

The closing film on Oct. 18 is “Sarah's Key” (2010, France), which is set in both modern-day Paris and in 1942 following the German invasion. A journalist finds her life overlapping with those of families who were detained during the notorious Vel' d'Hiv roundup. The film centers on the story of a young girl's experiences during and after these events, illustrating the participation of the French bureaucracy, as well as citizens hiding and protecting Sarah from the authorities. It is rated PG-13, and runs 111 minutes. In French, English, Italian, German and Yiddish, and subtitles will be on.

On Oct. 25 there will be no film, as the library is presenting “An Allagash Haunting: Live Radio Classic” with Tim Caverly.

All the movies are free and take place at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

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