All the Lonely People

Well, look at that. We made it to July. And for this week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie, here’s another story of parents and children finding each other, as writer-director Anna Fahr steps up for Bahram Beyzai’s  Bashu, The Little Stranger, the 1986 Iranian drama that became an international breakout hit.

If you’ve never heard of Bashu … well, that’s not surprising. The film was an art-house success in the West, but hasn’t sustained itself the way other Iranian exports like Taste of Cherry or Close-Up did; it’s not in the Criterion Collection, and as far as I can tell there was never a proper North American DVD. But it’s out there if you look for it, and it totally holds up, and Anna and I had a wide-ranging conversation about Beyzai’s film, its place in the canon and its specific impact on her work as an artist. That’s what this show is about, after all.

You can find the podcast at the usual locations — Apple Podcasts, Spotify, even YouTube pretty soon— or just download the episode directly from the web and listen to it while you grudgingly care for your own little stranger.

And then you should catch up on your Shiny Things; last week all I had time to do was write about Criterion’s gorgeous new 4K edition of Bound, but this week I’ll be catching up to a host of catalogue titles from other labels, you’ll want to be there for those. So subscribe already!

Also, it’s almost time for another free See the North screening; this month’s pick is Stephane Lafleur’s delightfully odd coming-of-age dramedy Tu Dors Nicole, starring Julianne Côté as a recent graduate spending a muggy, aimless summer back home. That’s the whole movie, really. except that there’s a whole lot of other stuff going on, because that’s how life works. It’s a delight, and it’s free, and we’re screening it next Tuesday, July 9th, at 6:30pm. You should come.

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