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'Ordinary People' to Screen
Oct. 19-22 at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Oct. 6, 2006

scene from "Ordinary People"EAU CLAIRE — "Ordinary People" (1980), winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture, will screen Oct. 19-22 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Robert Redford's directorial debut, the film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Adapted from Judith Guest's novel, the film studies a wealthy suburban Chicago family in the aftermath of a tragedy the accidental death of its elder son, and the attempted suicide of its younger (Oscar winner Timothy Hutton). Mary Tyler Moore is the perfect mother who maintains that the family can solve its own problems, and Donald Sutherland is the father who is holding his shattered family together.

"The movie's central problems circle almost fearfully around the complexities of love," Roger Ebert wrote in his four-star review. "The parents and their remaining child all 'love' one another, of course. But the father's love for the son is sincere yet also inarticulate, almost shy. The son's love for his mother is blocked by his belief that she doesn't really love him she only loved the dead brother. And the love between the two parents is one of those permanent facts that both take for granted and neither has ever really tested.

"'Ordinary People begins with this three-way emotional standoff and develops it through the autumn and winter of one year," Ebert wrote. "Each character in this movie is given the dramatic opportunity to look inside himself, to question his own motives as well as the motives of others, and to try to improve his own ways of dealing with a troubled situation. Two of the characters do learn how to adjust; the third doesn't. It's not often we get characters who face those kinds of challenges on the screen, nor directors who seek them out. 'Ordinary People' is an intelligent, perceptive, and deeply moving film."

The 124-minute 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 will be sold at the door.

The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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