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Bathing MickyDirected by Frida Kempff
A body of water lies beyond a long boardwalk. Footsteps patter along that boardwalk. Elderly and youth dip in and out during four seasons of a year. Those images comprise nearly all of what appears on screen in Bathing Micky, a story about a Danish centarian and member of a local bathing club that would be much more successful in print than it is on film. As the monotonous slideshow of snapshots passes, Micky tells her life story, from meeting her Jewish husband to the German invasion of Denmark to her husband’s death. Micky’s comments about making peace with aging amid dying friends is particularly soulful. Yet the series of unrelated images offers little understanding of the character; they idle on the screen, perhaps as an obvious metaphor for life as an endless rocky sea. Micky’s cute as a button, but I’d rather read her words on paper than spend 14 minutes seeing them scroll across a dull screen as subtitles. —Tessa Moran
Living for 32Directed by Kevin Breslin
After being hit four times in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, Colin Goddard has become an ardent supporter of better, stronger, and more thorough gun-safety laws. There’s plenty of moodily lit retrospection in Living for 32 as he paces Norris Hall, where the massacre took place, but the film is a smart, bite-sized introduction to the loaded topic of concealed carry on campus, which Goddard convincingly argues against. —Alex Baca