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'No' to Screen
At UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Feb. 3, 2000|
A closet door may conceal a philandering husband or an exploding terrorist bomb in "No," a provocative black comedy of manners that will screen Feb. 17-20 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The 1999 Canadian film will be presented as part of the International Film Society series Thursday through Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.
Farce, rather than the decorum of the classical Japanese theater noh, is appropriate to the bumbling maneuvers of the hero and heroine of "No" two separated lovers living in a world where cultures are simultaneously mixed together through modern technology and splintered apart through nationalist politics.
Set in 1970, the story shuffles between theatrically colorful Osaka, where the World's Fair is taking place, and gritty black-and-white Montreal, where the violence of the Quebec separatist movement has brought martial law. Sophie is an actress performing in a Feydeau farce at the Canadian pavilion in Osaka; Michel is an unsuccessful writer involved with terrorists who are building a time bomb in his Montreal apartment. A different clock is ticking for Sophie she is pregnant, unsure who the father is and unsure whether she wants the baby.
New York Times film critic Stephen Holden called the movie "ingeniously structured ... with tart comic performances." Directed by the innovative actor-playwright Robert LePage, the 83-minute film is in English and French, subtitled in English.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students.
After 3 p.m., free parking is available on campus in the "FS" spots of Hibbard and Phillips parking lots. "GF" spots are available in the same lots after 6 p.m.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 3, 2000