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$5 Monday Meetup @ Living Room Theaters! The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Grab a drink and let's go see a movie! Bring friends and some good conversation to discuss the film, its characters, the production and more. The Living Room Theater is the location of our weekly Monday meetup. Most movies they play are independent, foreign, artistic with an occasional blockbuster.

We meet Monday evenings to take advantage of their $5 Merry Monday Movie special. They have weekday showings of all their movies in the 7:00 hour, and those are the showings we're shooting for. If you see something coming up there that you'd like to recommend as our Living Room movie of the week, message me or post it on the board by Wednesday the previous week!

See you at the movies!

THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST

We begin in 2011 in Lahore. At an outdoor café a Pakistani man named Changez (Riz Ahmed) tells Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. Roll back ten years, and we find a younger Changez fresh from Princeton, seeking fortune and glory on Wall Street. The American Dream seems well within his grasp, complete with a smart and gorgeous artist girlfriend, Erica (Kate Hudson). But when the Twin Towers are attacked, a cultural divide slowly begins to crack open between Changez and Erica. Changez’s dream soon begins to slip into nightmare: profiled, wrongfully arrested, strip-searched and interrogated, he is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman to a scapegoat and perceived enemy. With time, he begins to hear the call of his own homeland. Taking us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death.

 

  • Director: Mira Nair
  • Country: USA | UK | Qatar
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Year: 2013
  • Run Time: 2:08:00
  • imdb Score: 6.0/10 (456 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: R
  • Cast: Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland

"An emotionally vibrant story of the scourge of terrorism, the nightmare of fundamentalism, the dangers of zealots of all types, and terrible results of xenophobia."
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - SPIRITUALITY AND PRACTICE

"The film does an admirable job of transplanting the novel's thoughtful concerns into a fast-moving suspense context. "
Kenneth Duran - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"The tense dialogue between East and Post post-9/11 is turned into a tense, often gripping duet between a young Muslim professor and American reporter."
Deborah Young - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"This is a character study, and Nair has found some superb actors to fill it. "
Richard Corliss - TIME

AWARDS

Mill Valley Film Festival 2012
Audience Award - Mira Nair

FESTIVALS

Venice Film Festival 2012

Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2012

Göteborg Int'l Film Festival 2013

CAAMFest USA 2013

 

Please confirm film time the day of the show. The theater frequently changes showtimes.

Are you a member of our Facebook page? Check it out at Facebook.com/portlandfilm

 

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  • Matthew S.

    It's been a few days getting around to this but I really enjoyed getting to come to the group. Didn't like the film but the discussion was a blast and I really appreciated getting to hear everyone's opinions. You guys all seem like pretty cool people. Look forward to coming to new Group meetings with ya guys and getting to know ya'll better. until next time.

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • mary

    I wish I could have stayed for the full discussion. I thought the film was powerful. Flawed? Yes, but (in my mind) in minor ways (e.g., the girl friend was vapid, shallow, in ways that made me doubt the protagonist could possibly have maintained an interest in her). He, on the other hand, evolved. And, in disagreement with some others' views, he was a complex character. Interesting to me was that the "fundamentalism" with which he struggled and then rejected was not religious, but dogma (ranging from ethnic to economic/elass-based). A thought-provoking film that I would highly recommend to others. Looking forward to more....
    Mary

    2 · May 14, 2013

    • Kerry

      Sorry to have missed the discussion as well. I agree with Mary that the girlfriend was a poorly developed character, but I did enjoy the flaws in the protagonist who didn't feel that he was good enough for someone to love him. While confident and cocky in his business life, not so much in the personal.

      1 · May 15, 2013

    • Josh

      I see you had a great front row seat Kerry!

      1 · May 15, 2013

  • Liz M

    Nice to meet folks- Thanks Josh for emcing this.
    Had to go home after- Didn't love the movie, but liked that a foreign culture was portrayed with respect and thought the soundtrack was awesome.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Chris

    Thought provoking for me. Enjoyed the discussion after.

    May 13, 2013

  • Martin T.

    Not a great movie (IMHO) but great discussion afterwards! Glad to see so many people, it's too bad not everyone could get in. My thoughts here: http://martinteller.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/the-reluctant-fundamentalist/

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • chanel

    It was sold out when I got here. I'm in Trance. No idea what it's about.

    May 13, 2013

  • Josh

    They are selling fast....

    May 13, 2013

  • Josh

    Buy your tickets early. You can even get them online. They at selling out fast.

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Liz M

    Hi! It's good I read these messages, otherwise I would have been late for the film, but how do we opt out of having messages sent to our inboxes? thanks L

    1 · May 13, 2013

    • Josh

      Somehow in the settings. Should be easy to do. Good news if you showed up at 645 you'd just enter during the Actual film playing. There are always 10 minutes of previews.

      May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's unlikely I will make it tonight. Need to meet a work deadline.

    1 · May 13, 2013

    • Josh

      See you next time!

      May 13, 2013

  • chanel

    Should we actually meet at 6:30?

    1 · May 13, 2013

    • Josh

      I'll be there by then!

      May 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really want to go-- will try to join you all!!

    1 · May 13, 2013

    • Josh

      See you tonight!

      May 13, 2013

  • Josh

    Note that the film starts at 6:40pm.

    May 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the reminder

      May 13, 2013

    • Josh

      No worries! See you tonight!

      May 13, 2013

  • Jeff

    Guys I'm embarassed! Thought I had enough cash to do this tonight but uhm... I don't lol. Sorry for flaking! I will try and make the next one. :)

    - Jeff

    May 13, 2013

    • Josh

      See you next time Jeff!

      1 · May 13, 2013

  • Jeff

    First time to this group... Looking forward to it!

    1 · May 12, 2013

    • Josh

      Great to meet you Jeff! See you tomorrow! Drinks on you? Lol

      May 12, 2013

    • Jeff

      Lol if I could afford it I would! See you then :)

      May 13, 2013

  • Josh

    I'll be a little bit early. Look for me in the bar with a meetup/Portland film club sign.

    May 12, 2013

  • JeffC

    Have to work, will try for next one!

    1 · May 9, 2013

    • Josh

      See you next time!

      May 9, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    It's a very good read (book)

    1 · May 9, 2013

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