Hey MMT Philly Fam! We’ve been invited out tomorrow night to the PFS Roxy to watch the Philadelphia première of FRAILER, one of the features in the Roxy’s First Look program. First Look give audiences the chance to view brand new, must-see titles hot off of the current festival circuit.
The film FRAILER is a s masterful blend of documentary and fiction and an intimate portrait, which follows four female friends coming to terms with mortality when one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
I’m told it is a really great story about the power of friendship – but we were given fair warning, it is sad too.
To try your luck at an admit-two pass, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Frailer” and your full name in the body. Ten winners will be chosen at random and notified by email with instructions on Friday morning.
You can read the film’s synopsis below, and get more information about the First Look series at the Roxy click here. And if your interested in discount passes for tomorrow’s showing send an email, with ticket number being requested, to the above address.
Good luck family! Thomasena
MIJKE DE JONG / NETHERLANDS / 2014 / 89 MIN
Dutch Director Mijke de Jong crafts one of the most unique and arresting films in recent memory, blurring the lines between emotionally raw performances and brutal honesty in what it feels like to face mortality. Leonoor Pauw (as herself, with fictional nickname “Mouse”), has recently been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, both on-screen and off. Surrounding herself with three of her closest female friends, Ted (Marnie Block), Carlos (Adelheid Roosen) and Lian (Lieneke le Roux), Mouse wants to make the most of the rest of her life. Processing how to be a good friend to someone who is dying and struggling with their own grief, the group spends time with their beloved fourth member, gardening, cooking, dancing, and pillow-talking late into the night. In one of its most striking moments, as part of a dramatic exercise in acceptance and empathy, the film sees all four friends in matching red dresses place themselves in matching wooden caskets. In her 1997 film BRITTLE, Mijke de Jong directed these same actresses as sisters at a reunion. Here, what begins as art imitating life evolves into a courageous and captivating experimental documentary that encourages audiences to join in its boldly intimate exploration.
CAST: Marnie Blok, Lieneke le Roux, Leonoor Pauw
“Crying and laughing are not far from each other in this breathtaking and probing film.” – Preview Magazine