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Public humiliation, savage beatings, gang rapes: Junior high sucks the world over, but especially for 14-year-old Yuichi. As his childhood comes crashing down around him, Yuichi takes solace in the music of ethereal singer Lily Chou-Chou and the Lily fan site he runs. Japanese writer-director Shunji Iwai originally published All About Lily Chou-Chou as an interactive Internet novel shaped by input from online readers, basing the fictional Lily on Chinese pop megastar Faye Wong. Similarly, much of the 2001 film’s disjointed narrative stems from virtual-Breakfast Club chatroom conversations among Lily’s fans. Skipping back and forth in time, eschewing a traditional plot, and clocking in at more than two-and-a-half hours, All About Lily Chou-Chou is long and difficult, beautiful and uglymuch like adolescence itself. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the University of Maryland’s Hoff Theater, Stamp Student Union, Campus Drive, College Park. $5.50. (301) 314-8499. (Jason Powell)