Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie
Discover extraordinary films all through the year!
2016 is our 21st year for this popular monthly film series, which provides an enhanced opportunity for local audiences to see the finest Canadian, Independent and World cinema on offer. Screenings are on the first Wednesday and Thursday of every month from January through to December at Uptown Theatre.
Individual Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors/Students $8
(prices include HST)
Advance tickets are available one week before each screening at Uptown Theatre and MacLaren Art Centre, or day of screening. Box office opens one hour before first screening of the day.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – 4pm, 7pm, 9pm; and
Thursday, September 8, 2016 – 4pm, 7pm
Location: Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie
Adapted and Directed by: Whit Stillman
Principle Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
Comedy/Drama, PG for some thematic elements, 92 minutes
(Ireland / Netherlands / France / USA)
“Love & Friendship is quick, clever and delightful, very funny and hugely entertaining!” – Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
“With his love of fine clothes and finer diction, Whit Stillman proves an unsurprisingly intuitive fit for Austen, but he also knows just how to give her pointed social satire an extra stab of wink-wink postmodern drollery without breaking the spell.” – Justin Chang, Variety
Writer-director Whit Stillman departs from the milieu of the contemporary New York upper crust that he so memorably explored in his earlier films for this sharp-tongued and riotously funny examination of 18th-century polite society. Adapting Jane Austen’s long-unpublished epistolary novella Lady Susan, Stillman creates a period piece whose spirit is unmistakably modern. Love & Friendship revolves around the beautiful and cunning Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), a recent widow who engineers all manner of wonderfully devious plots to bend the world to her will and land herself a wealthy new husband. Taking up residence at Churchill, her in-laws’ estate, she sets her sights on the dashing Reginald De Courcy (Xavier Samuel), and soon has him wrapped around her little finger. However, her plans are derailed when her beautiful daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark) turns up at Churchill after being dismissed from boarding school. Fearing that Frederica will turn Reginald’s head, Lady Susan sets out to obtain her daughter a suitor of her own. Enter Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett), a well-meaning but witless older man who is utterly confounded by the fact that there is neither a church nor a hill at Churchill. Brilliantly played by Beckinsale, Lady Susan possesses a confidence, audacity, and unapologetic dishonesty (“Facts are horrid things,” she laments after being caught in a lie) that paradoxically endow her with a winning charm, and make her an Austen her- oine to rival Elizabeth Bennett and Emma Woodhouse. If you’re looking for a smart, fun, and scruple-free romp, Love & Friendship is definitely your cup of tea.