The seemingly odd title of this most excellent film refers to the name of the investigative-reporting team on the Boston Globe at the turn of this century. These 14 reporters, relegated to the basement, were supported with time and talent to dig into stories, to shine a spotlight on them.
Based on the real-life story of writer/director Maya Forbes, "Infinitely Polar Bear" immerses the viewer in the difficult and exasperating world of manic-depressive Cameron "Cam" Stuart. His wife Maggie and two daughters, Amelia and Faith, ten and eight, accept him but alarming dysfunctional behavior gets Cam a month's long commitment to a mental ward and thereafter a halfway house stop.
In the opening scene of "Foxcatcher," director Bennett Miller establishes his observational cinematic style. Wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz, both 1984 Olympic gold medalists, physically grapple, at first just as part of a typical training session. Then, with increasing tension, the interaction segues into a serious psychological contest of will and character.
The 23 Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, November 13 and continues through Sunday, November 23. The 389 films offered in 239 programs include 89 narrative and 76 documentary features, plus 224 short films. I'm most impressed that 69 countries are represented in the fiction and nonfiction, live action and animation selections.
At a critical juncture in "Thanks for Sharing," the central character Adam asserts, "Cancer gets you sympathy. My addiction gets you judgment." He refers to his sex addiction, a subject seriously and intelligently explored in its multifaceted, complex expression. Adam has earned his five-year sobriety award, Neil can't make it one day, and Mike proudly sponsors others.
The St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute's Celluloid Couch series at Webster University concludes Thursday, May 19th with co-writer/ director Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right with analysis provided after the screening by Lenita Newberg. Teenage siblings Joni and Laser live with their two mothers, Jules and Nic.