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Asghar Farhadi Wins The Weekend

If you’re looking for opening films, the choices comes down to critical darlings or light entertainments. In the former category, Asghar Farhadi wins Memorial Day weekend with a mystery. Lisandro Alonso’s new film has also garnered quite a bit of praise if you’re in the mood for his enigmatic style of storytelling. Of the entertainments, try the Bollywood film which asks whether opposites can still attract after the passage of years.

About Elly

Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) made this mystery long before his acclaimed Iranian divorce drama. It’s the story of a weekend seashore gathering of a group of college friends and their families. Among the folks gathered are the newly divorced brother of one group member and Elly, a shy kindergarten teacher. When a mysterious disappearance occurs, the recriminations soon come flying quickly and furiously.

Opens May 22 at the Opera Plaza Cinemas

I’ll See You In My Dreams

Blythe Danner plays a widowed ex-songstress whose routine life becomes unglued following her dog’s death. Rather than retreat from the world, she decides to embrace it with the support of three loyal girlfriends (played by June Squibb, Rhea Perlman and Mary Kay Place). The ex-songstress’ actions lead her to re-connect with her daughter (Malin Akerman) and even pursuing a new love interest (Sam Elliott).

Opens May 22 at the Embarcadero Center Cinema

In The Name Of My Daughter

Andre Techine directs this drama based on a real-life true-crime case. Agnes Le Roux has a passionate affair with Maurice Agnelet, a promiscuous lawyer 10 years her senior and also her mother Renee’s business adviser. After Renee loses control of her casino, Agnes disappears and is never seen again. Thirty years later, Agnelet remains the prime suspect in Agnes’ supposed murder…and Renee is determined to see him put behind bars.

Opens May 22 at the Opera Plaza Cinemas

Jauja

Viggo Mortensen plays a Danish military engineer working on a native pacification program in the Patagonia region of 19th century Argentina. When the engineer’s 14-year-old daughter goes missing, he sets out through Patagonia’s uncharted lands to find her. But, as Lisandro Alonso’s minimalist tale shows, his journey turns into a personal vision quest.

Opens May 22 at the Roxie Theatre

Tanu Weds Manu Returns

This film is a four years later sequel to the Bollywood hit Tanu Weds Manu. In the earlier film, Tanu and Manu were a couple of distinctly opposite personalities who eventually fell in love with each other and got married. In the new film, the question is whether personality differences that once seemed enchanting is enough to keep a couple together once they’ve grown used to each other and the initial passion has faded.

Opens May 22 at the Century San Francisco Centre 9

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I'm a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film...but don't tell anyone.

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