Choice is yours

2009-09-11 00:00

WHETHER you’re into serious, thought-provoking cinema, romantic drama or animated fun, you’re sure to find something that suits your mood at Maritzburg’s cinemas this weekend.

Opening at SterKinekor Scottsville today is the film adaptation of J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, which tells the story of David Lurie (John Malkovich), a divorced professor of romantic poetry, in post-apartheid South Africa.

When he is forced to resign after having an affair with a student, Lurie retreats to his daughter Lucy’s (Jessica Haines) farm, where he helps harvest flowers and volunteers at an animal welfare clinic.

This seemingly idyllic way of life is shattered, however, when three strangers violently attack David and rape Lucy, who later discovers that she is pregnant. Her decision to keep the child and to share her land with a young black man, in return for his protection, pushes Lurie to his limits as a father and a man.

If this all sounds too serious, then head to CineCentre to watch The Time Traveler’s Wife, a film based on Audrey Niffenegger’s debut novel, which became a runaway bestseller when it was published in 2003.

Briefly, it tells the story of Henry (Eric Bana), a time traveller, who, on one of his trips back in time, meets Clare (Rachel McAdams), the girl who will eventually become his wife.

Director Robert Schwentke says of the film: “It is an emotional journey about two people in a relationship, and the time travel is the catalyst for things that both strengthen and test their bond.

“You could argue that time travel is the thing that brought them together, but it ultimately causes all sorts of conflicts. So I saw it as an opportunity to make a great love story, but at the same time we were able to weave some undercurrents into the fabric of that relationship.”

Also at CineCentre is the newest film from Disney/Pixar — Up, which tells the story of 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen, who decides to design a flying machine and travel the world, only to discover once he’s up, up and away, that he has a stowaway on board, an eight-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell.

“I am so proud that Up is Pixar’s tenth film,” says John Lasseter, executive producer and chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “I think it’s the funniest film that we’ve ever made, and also one of the most beautiful. We have a main character who is an amazing hero. He is a character who learns that the big adventures in life are all the small things that happen in everyday life.”

STILL ON CIRCUIT:

SterKinekor: District 9; GI Joe: The Rise of the Cobra; My Life in Ruins; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Obsessed.

CineCentre: The Proposal; My Sister’s Keeper; Public Enemies; District 9; GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra.

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