Film Group is a series of films that encompasses the broad variety of movies that are generally not mainstream releases. Other terms used to describe this genre of film product are: independent, art, international.

O'Brien Theatres Renfrew offers Film Group. Different films between late September and April on alternate Wednesday nights. Memberships are sold at the beginning of the series; these memberships offer a discounted rate. In is not necessary to be a member to attend. Newsletters are published in September and December covering the early and later portions of the season. An extensive mailing list is maintained, and the information is delivered by post or e-mail.

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Tulip Fever
Rating A14
Showtimes Sunday, October 29 3:45 PM  Wednesday, November 1 7:30 PM  
Running Time 105 mins
Actors Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz, Alicia Vikander
Director Justin Chadwick

Based on the novel by celebrated author Deborah Moggach (These Foolish Things), Tulip Fever tells the tale of a torrid romance between a painter and a beautiful, young married woman at the height of tulip mania in 17th-century Amsterdam. Drawing from an adapted screenplay by playwright Sir Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Anna Karenina), director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) once again employs his masterful eye for detail to bring this period drama to vivid life.
When wealthy merchant Cornelis (Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes; Inglourious Basterds) commissions a portrait of his beautiful wife Sophia (Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl; Testament of Youth), an irre­pressible passion begins to bloom between Sophia and the talented young artist (Dane DeHaan, Two Lovers and a Bear; Devil’s Knot) hired to commit her beauty to canvas. As the young star-crossed lovers hinge their future together on an investment in the risky tulip market, tensions build and deceptions abound as the stakes grow higher.
Beautifully shot in muted palettes reminis­cent of Vermeer, Tulip Fever features quietly powerful performances from its two leads, as well as another wonderfully ominous turn from the Academy Award–winning Waltz. Dame Judi Dench also brings her infamously dry wit to the role of a surprisingly cheeky abbess.
Tulip Fever interweaves the narrative of one of the most astonishing economic events in European history with a deeply intimate tale of desire, betrayal, and perilous ambition. As the young lovers become ever more daring in their commitment, both to each other and towards a shared future, we are reminded of that universal truth: the course of true love never did run smooth.
The Big Sick
Rating A14
Showtimes Sunday, November 12 3:45 PM  Wednesday, November 15 7:30 PM  
Running Time 120 mins
Actors Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
Director Michael Showalter
Country USA

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. THE BIG SICK is directed by Michael Showalter (HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS) and producer by Judd Apatow (TRAINWRECK, THIS IS 40) and Barry Mendel (TRAINWRECK, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS).
The Glass Castle
Rating A14
Showtimes Sunday, November 26 3:45 PM  Wednesday, November 29 7:30 PM  
Running Time 127 mins
Actors Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson
Director Destin Daniel Cretton

Based on Jeannette Walls’ highly acclaimed and best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle follows the successful writer’s life as she reflects on the unconventional and frequently impoverished upbringing she and her siblings experienced while growing up with their chaotic and dysfunctional, but ultimately lov­ing parents.
Along with her siblings Lori (Sarah Snook, The Dressmaker), Brian (Iain Armitage, Captain Fantastic’s Charlie Shotwell, and Josh Caras), and Maureen (Eden Grace Redfield, Captain Fantastic’s Shree Crooks, and Brigette Lundy-Paine), Jeannette (Chandler Head, Ella Anderson, and Room’s Brie Larson) leads a non-traditional but tight-knit family life with her parents Rex (Woody Harrelson, The Edge of Seventeen; TV’s True Detective) and Rose Mary (Naomi Watts, Demolition; While We’re Young). Embracing a life of adventure and self-directed learning, Rex and Rose Mary move their family frequently around to differ­ent cities in Arizona and California. However, as their children grow older and more aware of the debt and broken relationships chasing their parents from place to place, the won­der of their nomadic lifestyle begins to fade. With their family life growing increasingly unstable, due in large part to Rex’s alcoholism and inability to maintain meaningful work, Jeannette and her siblings begin to imagine a more traditional and independent life of their own, away from their parents’ chaotic influence.
At once adventurous and heartfelt, The Glass Castle tests the strength of family bonds against individual ambitions and identities, and explores the complexities of negotiating parent-child relationships as children mature into adults. Deftly adapted and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12), the emotional resonance of Jeannette Walls’ widely loved memoir is unmistakably present in its long-awaited film adaptation.
The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)
Rating PG
Showtimes Sunday, December 10 3:45 PM  Wednesday, December 13 7:30 PM  
Running Time 100 mins
Actors Ville Virtanen, Tommi Korpela, Kati Outinen
Director Aki Kaurismäki
Country FINLAND/GERMANY, 2017 w/ English subtitles

Returning with his first feature in six years since his Film Circuit arthouse favourite Le Havre, Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki (The Man Without a Past) delivers what can be considered the second chapter of his Port Cities Trilogy. In his distinctive anachronistic, yet tonally rich style, Kaurismäki paints the unlikely bond between a Syrian refugee and a middle-aged menswear salesman.
Khaled (newcomer Sherwan Haji) worked as a mechanic in Aleppo before fleeing in a coal ship container and accidently landing on the shores of Helsinki. He emerges from his hid­ing place covered head to toe in black dust, an alien in an unfamiliar town. Wikstrom (Sakari Kuosmanen, The Man without a Past), deeply unsatisfied with his life, leaves his prickly, alcoholic wife and offloads his remaining stock of men’s shirts to fund a career change. After taking a risk at a high-stakes poker game, Wikstrom is presented with a new breath of life that eventually connects and collides both men in an unpredictable friendship.
Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at this year’s Berlinale, The Other Side of Hope demonstrates the height of Kaurismäki’s auteurial form. Deftly mixing tragedy and wry humour, Kaurismäki builds a story of an unlikely community coming together under difficult circumstances. This idiosyncratic fable on the refugee crisis could not be more humane and timely.

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