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WEDNESDAY

“No” means Noh, the austere Japanese dramatic style, in Robert Lepage’s 1998 film No. This satirical study of political and romantic commitment contrasts developments in Montreal, where the disorganized Quebec Liberation Front girds for a bombing campaign, and Osaka, where the girlfriend of one of the liberationists is performing in a Feydeau farce. Both the theater and the status of Quebec are characteristic themes for Lepage, a Quebecois who made his reputation as a playwright and stage director before turning to cinema. In fact, No’s plot is derived from a section of a Lepage play, The Seven Streams of the River Ota. That title may sound severe, but, by all accounts, the movie’s spirit owes more to Feydeau than to Noh. No screens at 7 p.m. at the Embassy of France’s La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. $5. (202) 944-6091. (MJ)