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Farcical Parisian Mystery to Screen at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 15, 2006

Merci Docteur Rey posterEAU CLAIRE — An opera diva, hustlers and murder collide in "Merci Docteur Rey" (2002), a contemporary Parisian farce from Merchant Ivory Productions that will screen Feb. 23-26 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The International Film Society will present the film at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Thomas Beaumont (Stanislas Merhar) is recruited into an illicit love triangle to watch a much older man's sexual liaison, but ends up witnessing what turns out to be his murder. The next day Thomas' opera diva mother (Dianne Wiest) informs him that his long-lost father has been in Paris… until the previous night when he was murdered. Realizing this was the very murder he witnessed, Thomas is thrust into a maelstrom of off-the-wall encounters and mistaken identities in this farcical mystery with Paris as a backdrop, a wonderful soundtrack, a whimsical homage to celebrity and a plot reminiscent of Agatha Christie.

The directorial debut of writer Andrew Litvack, the 91-minute subtitled film is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby and at the door.

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