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There’s something a bit dangerous about Katarina, the wayward 20-year-old at the center of Lisa Langseth’s Pure. The actress, Alicia Vikander, is indisputably pretty, but her refusal to bury Katarina’s pain caused by her brutish alcoholic mother and layabout friends makes one approach with caution. Katarina lies her way into a secretarial job with the local symphony hall after hearing Mozart’s Requiem on YouTube. The piece is a recurring theme, fitting the heartbreaking education Katarina endures under the influence of the middle-aged conductor, Adam (Samuel Froler), and her nightly return to her broken origins. Adapted from the director’s play The Beloved, Pure is the big-screen debut for both Langseth and Vikander. But Langseth has a habit of finding young and daring Swedish actresses—the stage premiere of The Beloved starred Noomi Rapace, better known now as that dragon-tattooed, hornet-nest-kicking girl who plays with fire. Vikander is fairer, and maybe a bit more vulnerable than the tough-as-nails Rapace, but no less bold.
At 6:30 p.m.; also on Wednesday, April 13 at 8:45 p.m. Both showings at Avalon Theatre.