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    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2009
     
    AgnesTreuren:

    Film Forum is pleased to present the U.S. theatrical premiere of STAGES, beginning Wednesday, November 5. STAGES could easily have been titled “Scenes from a Divorce.” Roos (Elsie de Brauw) and Martin (Marcel Musters) are an attractive, previously-married 40ish couple, whom we get to know from their edgy meetings at elegant Dutch restaurants, or while socializing with friends, parents and colleagues. Sophisticated and urbane, their counterparts could be found any evening in Tribeca, the Marais or Highgate. But it’s their troubled 17-year-old son, Isaac, who sets them apart – and who ties them together. Why does he slip into strangers’ homes and rifle through their possessions? Why does he have an obsession with samurai swords? And why is he so silent? In sharp contrast with Isaac’s behavior is that of his parents; their initially pleasant dinner conversations morph into passionate disputes over their failed marriage, the meaning of their son’s conduct, and the parsing of responsibility. Through a series of intensely photographed encounters between the two principals, STAGES considers the unforeseen consequences of the narcissistic behavior so easily equated with a successful, affluent, post-modern lifestyle.

    STAGES will have a two-week engagement, November 5 – November 18, at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. (W. of 6th Av.) with screenings daily at 1:00, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00, and 10:00.


    Lead actor Marcel Musters is cofounder of the underground Dutch theater company MUG, and was nominated for Best Actor by the Dutch equivalent of the Oscars. In all, the film received five such nominations, winning Best Actress, Best Director and Best Sound. Mijke de Jong’s previous film, BLUEBIRD (2004) was winner of the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and STAGES received a Special Mention at the Locarno Film Festival (2007).


    “An exceptional chamber piece. A unique mix of formalism and verite… Using extreme close-ups and positioning actors partially out of frame, director de Jong masters the anxious fatalism that plagues her characters.” – Mill Valley Film Festival
 
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