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On Celine and Julie Go Boating, Escape Fire and In the Family


A head-scrambling combination of Alice in Wonderland and Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr., Jacques Rivette's three-hour 1974 mindbender Celine and Julie Go Boating remains a dizzying head trip: a fantasy about magic candy, malleable identities and the act of watching a movie, centered on two adventuresome Parisians (Dominique Labourier and Juliet Berto) who morph from passive observers to active participants as they're transported to a mansion where murder is afoot and every entrance alters the story within. Thank The Belcourt for this two-day run Saturday and Sunday — especially if you're one of the iron-man cinephiles who drove from Nashville to Chicago for a 2007 screening of Rivette's 12-hour-40-minute 1971 feature Out 1.

• Ever hoped for someone to explain the current health care crisis in a way that avoids partisan bickering? Reviews suggest Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke might just be the ones. They're the directors of one of the year's most talked-about documentaries, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, which opens Friday for a week's run as part of The Belcourt's monthlong "Doctober" survey of contemporary (ahem) docs. The directors examine the issue from a variety of angles: prevention vs. disease maintenance, profit vs. nonprofit care, pharmaceutical expenses vs. increasing health woes.

Of particular interest is a panel discussion with health care professionals following the 7 p.m. screening Friday. Panelists include Dr. Jordan Asher, chief medical officer and chief integration officer for MissionPoint Health Partners; Dr. Roy Elam, medical director for Vanderbilt's Center for Integrative Health; Bharat Kilaru and Matt Stier, co-executive directors of Vanderbilt's Shade Tree Clinic; Bonnie Pilon, Vanderbilt professor of health systems management and senior associate dean of clinical and community partnerships; and Brent Parton, director of health policy and programs for SHOUTAmerica.

• "In the Family centers on one of the notable performances I've seen — if, indeed, it is a performance." So wrote Roger Ebert of Patrick Wang, the writer-director and star of a drama whose plot could scarcely be more topical in these parts: A gay parent in Martin, Tenn., faces losing his son when his dead partner's sister files a custody challenge. The movie, which has received raves as passionate as Ebert's all year, makes its Nashville debut at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Belcourt as part of its "25 Faces of Independent Film" series; director-star Wang will attend the screening. See for more information. —JIM RIDLEY


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