Jonathan Schell and Eric Liebman's frisky, earnest, hilarious, eye-rolling, and eye-opening documentary Sex Magic: Manifesting Maya
only plays the 46th Chicago International Film Festival
tonight and tomorrow, and I think it deserves a strong audience, though no one under 18 will be admitted. Given my imagined readership for this blog, I doubt this poses a problem to any of you. My full review is here
. I was less taken with the German-Montenegrin coming-out drama Sasha
, but as I say in my review
of that one, the clearly extant audience for pathos-inflected, light-comic gay movies will very likely enjoy it. I wanted more formal and storytelling ambition and fewer narrative strands tied up so neatly, but many moviegoers have exactly the opposite tastes. Chacun à son CIFF. Sasha
's two play dates are Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, if you aren't following my Twitter page
, I just want to underscore how much I loved the French, girl-centered, coming-of-age drama Love Like Poison
, which made use of that haunting Belgian-choir cover of "Creep" before the Social Network
trailer did, and which also got a strong, early notice
from Bill Stamets in the Chicago Sun-Times
. Tickets to that one should be no problem to buy, unlike the situation with the delectable Certified Copy
and the mystifying but must-see Uncle Boonmee
, which are already sold out on all dates. Among the less high-profile movies, it's definitely my pick of the festival so far.
Labels: CIFF10, Documentary, Festivals, International, Sex