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Critically Acclaimed Film 'Little Children' to Screen Oct. 2-5 at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Sept. 25, 2008

scene from Little ChildrenEAU CLAIRE — The mundane, protected lives of unfulfilled suburban parents intersect on the playgrounds, town pools and streets of their small community in "Little Children" (2006), screening Oct. 2-5 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The University Activities Commission will present the film at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Based on the critically acclaimed 2004 novel by Tom Perrotta, the film stars Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson and Jennifer Connelly as middle-class suburbanites whose seemingly tidy lives unravel in the passion of an adulterous affair. Noah Emmerich co-stars as a former cop who has begun to harass a convicted sex offender (Jackie Earle Haley) who has been released into the community.

"In a sense, anyone who tries to manufacture an insulated, genteel and perfectly safe existence is asking for it — either from life or from satirists," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. "Yet the satirists usually blow it, derailing their suburban lampoons into scattershot parody or, as was the case with 'American Beauty,' settling for easy targets and easy heroes. Seen in that light, the achievement of 'Little Children' is all the more significant. ... The characters aren't types, but people. The acting is excellent, in some cases remarkable, and the fact that this excellence is general and includes the entire cast means that we're also talking about the direction."

Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Winslet), Best Supporting Actor (Haley) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Perrotta and director Todd Field), "Little Children" was named one of the top 10 films of 2006 by more than 100 eminent critics at outlets including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The New Yorker, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

The 130-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 Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby, and will be sold at the door.

Tickets for all campus events also are on sale at the Service Center's ticket office in the main lobby of Haas Fine Arts Center. The ticket outlet is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and is closed during holidays and academic breaks.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

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