Night Across the Street (La noche de enfrente)

Pegged "a playful supernatural fever dream" by The New York Times, the 2012 Night Across the Street (La noche de enfrente) is Chilean director Raul Ruiz's last film and a fitting finale given Ruiz's tendency toward breezy fugues between themes of fantasy and reality. Here Ruiz's experimental approach to his narrative continues to give legs to critics' frequent comparison of his style to Jean-Luc Godard's "What is real and what isn't?" method. In an early, definitive scene, a friend admonishes office worker Don Celso Barra (Sergio Hernández) to outline some concrete plans for his future as he faces retirement. "Without ideas, you'll lose your youth," he warns. Accordingly, we are treated to lush, ethereal ideas in the form of seaside visits from Long John Silver, Beethoven, and other non-sequitorious characters as Don Celso reviews, explains, and perhaps defends his life to the youthful Jean Giono (Christian Vadim). In Spanish and French with English subtitles.

7 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit mfah.org. $9.
Sat., July 6, 7 p.m.; Sun., July 7, 5 p.m., 2013

 
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