Many of the films in the middle-of-the-road Showcase 5will feel familiar because they are all about traditional relationships. Boy seeks girl; woman seeks man; guy seeks job; actress seeks part. While there is nothing we haven’t seen before, perhaps there are those who will take comfort in the sheer normalcy of this program.
Cured: Well-made, pleasant picture about an obsessive-compulsive Irish butcher looking for love, the clean kind.
Gentle Cycle Only: Simple tale of a widower in a fishing hat, baffled by his washing machine. Laundry as metaphor.
Three Actresses Walk Into a Bathroom: Slow, stagy account of the treachery of bit part actresses at an audition as they sabotage each other, themselves.
Humane Resources: An English Fabulous Fab is recruited by a robotic-sounding Polish hottie in this brief, humorous satire of an investment banking job interview.
Salar (Salt): The lives of two men intersect on the salt flats of Bolivia in this visually striking film.
Virus: Using stop motion animation and Legos, this is the story of an adorable computer virus. It steals your data, it falls in love, it destroys your PC.
First Dates: A Slacker-like dating chain of stereotypically unpleasant Los Angelenos looking for love, any kind.
Blue Night Club: Easily digestible cinéma vérité depicting a “day-in-the-life” of a Brazilian agricultural family during the coffee harvest. They work, they eat, they laugh, they fish. Heartwarming.
Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at E Street Cinema (Followed by Q & A)
Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. at Artisphere
Thursday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. at E Street Cinema