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A 17-year-old tangles with a rival mob in The Sicilian Girl.
Tonight: an international sampling including Italian films—two worth seeing, two not; a Romanian thriller; overwrought Brazilian and Japanese films; and an understatedly elegant Argentinian redemption story. Tickets are $10.
The Other Irene A Romanian mystery centering on the death of a mall security guard’s wife and the bureaucracy that prevents the discovery of any answers. 7:30 at Regal Gallery Place.
La Pivellina A naturalistic, unrushed story about a middle aged Italian couple who take in an abandoned 2-year-old girl. T.D. Smith writes that though the slow pace of the film “has its cons,” the movie is “possessed of a refreshingly beautiful hominess.” 6:30 at Regal Gallery Place
The Tango Singer Helena, a tango singer in Buenos Aires, is devastated after her boyfriend abruptly dumps her for another woman. She has the chance to rebuild herself when she and her band are offered residency at a major theater in France. This understated story about a woman’s recovery from heartbreak closes “elegantly and perfectly,” according to Tricia Olszewski. 9:00 at E Street Cinema
The Sicilian Girl 17-year-old Rita Atria seeks revenge on a rival mob after she sees her father killed when she’s a young girl, and later loses her brother to its hands as well. Tricia Olszewski writes that the film offers “a thrilling and nail-biting portrayal of what someone who was born into the thug life can do when she decides to speak out about those who’ve wronged her family.” 6:30 at Avalon Theatre
I Am Love Despite a first-rate performance by Tilda Swinton, this family drama focused on a powerful Milanese clan falls flat, “ultimately offering little pay-off and a rushed and melodramatic ending,” according to Tessa Moran. 6:30 at Avalon Theatre
Autumn Adagio This Japanese drama about a sickly nun who longs after a handsome ballet instructor “spares no frames in smothering the viewer in its self-pitying dialogue and maudlin visuals,” according to Benjamin R. Freed. 6:30 at Regal Gallery Place
Between the Sheets Roberto and Paula meet at a nightclub in Rio and embark on a steamy one-night stand. The actors are pretty to look at, but between what Ted Scheinman calls “the sub-telenovela production value” and “the mercilessly bad dialogue,” there’s little to recommend the film. 9:15 at E Street Cinema
I, Don Giovanni A backstage look at the production of Don Giovanni, centering on Lorenzo da Ponte, librettist to Salieri and Mozart. The film is “a frilly production suitable for Lifetime, if Lifetime allowed subtitles,” writes Ted Scheinman. 9:00 at Avalon Theatre