Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

CinemArts to screen ‘Aaltra'

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CinemArts will present the Belgian film, "Aaltra," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick.

The film tells the story of two feuding middle-aged neighbors who find themselves on a road trip together following an agricultural accident that leaves them both paralyzed from the waist down.

It's a road movie with a twist as, despite despising one another, the two embark on a journey across Europe in an attempt to track down and claim compensation from the Finnish manufacturer of the faulty tractor that caused their injuries.

‘Aaltra' is thankfully free of the sentimentality that would normally be expected in films that centers around disabled individuals. The duo makes for the quintessential odd couple, saying as little to each other as possible and whose total lack of comprehension of any language other than their native French is a pleasant running joke. They are as thoroughly normal as they are abrasive and, per the intention of directors Gustave de Kervern and Benoit Delepine, just human, and anything "special" comes from just that.

Upcoming films include a special selection from the 2006-2007 72 Film Fest on Sept. 2; Canada's "Wilby Wonderful"starring Ellen Page (best known for her role as Juno) on Sept. 16; and the Norwegian "The Bothersome Man" on Sept. 30.

Tickets are $6.