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Hateship Loveship at the SIFF Film Center

  • May 8, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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What: Hateship Loveship at the Film Center (in Seattle Center, next to the Vera Project)

When: 7:30 (movie starts at 7:45)

Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, and Hailee Steinfeld.  

Run time: 101 minutes.  

Rated R for drug use, some sexuality and language.

Hateship Loveship is a movie adapted from Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro's short story  "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage." 

From SIFF''s website:

This absorbing character study features Wiig in a dramatic role as the timid Johanna Parry, who is hired by elderly Mr. McCauley to watch over his granddaughter, Sabitha. A rebellious teen whose father is a hapless recovering addict, Sabitha lashes out at her new guardian with a mean-spirited prank: a series of false emails from her father that lead to a fake courtship. But this interference may actually provoke Johanna to indulge in the dreams long missing from her life.

Or, to quote the first paragraph of Sheila O'Malley's glowing review

Johanna Parry (Kristen Wiig) wears sensible lace-up shoes, ankle socks, and linen dresses, with a little cardigan over her shoulders. When she cooks or cleans, she puts on a flowered apron. She is so unworldly that when she is told to "set up a password" at the library in order to use the computer, she asks the librarian, "My own word?" She has worked in the service of others, as a housemaid/nanny/nurse since she was 15. Her voice is soft and flat, and when she speaks, she uses functional practical language. She has feelings about the families with whom she lives, but you would never guess any of it looking at her face. She has no self-pity. And so, when Johanna suddenly awakens to love, early on in "Hateship Loveship," it is both electrifying and perilous. She is not used to being overwhelmed with feelings, sexual and romantic, and she doesn't know how to behave; she doesn't know where to put it all. Watching Kristen Wiig's lived-in and alive performance as this blunt, practical, and yet totally innocent woman is to be in the presence of something very very special.

We will be going to the 7:45 show at the SIFF Film Center (formerly the Alki Rooms in Seattle Center).  Please arrive by 7:30.  If you come by car, I recommend picking up a parking pass at the Uptown and driving to that lot, then walking from there.  You can also walk to the Film Center from any bus that drops off at 1st Ave and Republican St.  

Tickets can be purchased inside at the box office (there are senior and youth rates, but no student rates).  Once the film is completely over (credits and all), we will head out to a local restaurant for a post-film discussion -- possibly the Triumph Bar, since SIFF is handing out coupons for it with the purchase of your ticket (1 per table), and it's fairly close to the Film Center.  Also, their happy hour lasts from 10 pm to close.

NOTE: Both Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes have this film hovering around 50%, so that the title of this film seems to reflect how critics are responding to it.  You're either going to love it or hate it.

Hope to see you there!


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  • laura

    I enjoyed this quirky character study of an emotionally-stunted woman. And the bar on Republican had wonderful small plates. Thanks, Connie, for sharing, and to Greg for this fun evening!

    1 · May 9, 2014

    • Greg

      The bar is called the Triumph Bar, and I'm glad you liked it, Laura.

      1 · May 10, 2014

    • laura

      Thanks for reminding me of its name. It certainly lived up to its appellation!

      1 · May 10, 2014

  • Greg

    A good little film that treats its characters with dignity and curiosity, featuring wonderfully understated performances from its entire cast, especially Kristen Wiig. And the Triumph Bar has such great food, though they did forget Jay's order (at least he eventually got it, at no charge). Thanks to everyone who came out!

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Greg, if this is the same group that went to the documentary about the photographer last time, I really enjoyed that movie, and so did my friend. Thank you. I'd like to join (again) tonight. Have a great day. See you

    May 8, 2014

    • Greg

      Well, I'm the same, but it's a different cast of characters. If you can make it, we'd love to have you!

      May 8, 2014

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