Friday Afternoon at the Movies

May 22, 2019 // Filed under Blog

On Friday, May 24 at 2:00 pm, Bernardsville Public Library will present a free screening of “The Last Suit” (2018), the story of Abraham Bursztein, an 88-year-old tailor, who runs away from Buenos Aires, where his children have set him up to move to a retirement home, to Poland, where he hopes to find a friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II. Comedic and poignant in equal measure, the movie approaches its weighty themes with a light touch that illuminates a serious story.

“This is a charming road comedy/drama with its roots firmly planted in great pain and suffering,” wrote critic Belle McIntyre, MuseeMagazine.com, “The movie, in Spanish, Yiddish, German and Polish language with music to match, is gorgeously filmed with beautiful production values..” The actors perform with humor, vulnerability, and charisma. It is unique, showing touches of both King Lear and Don Quixote. “I doubt there will be a dry eye in the theatre,” wrote McIntyre, “This is a redemptive and uplifting film. I loved it.” The movie was chosen for the library’s Friday Afternoon at the Movies series as a best foreign language selection.

Viewers are encouraged to linger after the film to talk about it. Ed English will provide a brief document to start the discussion, and there is always a spirited conversation about character, motivation and style!

Bernardsville Library’s movie series is funded by gifts to the Friends of the Bernardsville Library. The movies are selected for cultural enrichment and for appeal to a wide variety of tastes and interests in the community. The next film, “Three Identical Strangers,” will be shown on Friday, June 28 at 2:00 pm.

There is no charge to attend the movies; advance sign-up is requested, but not required. Click here to sign up or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

 


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