Coming Attractions
FRIDAY, MAY 13th, 7:30  PM
SATURDAY, MAY 14th, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 21st, 7:30 PM

OAK VIEW ROOM, WALNUT CREEK LIBRARY
[1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek]
$12 General Admission
[Free for Mountain Shadow Members - Info? See Member Tab]

                           New York Times “Critics Pick”
MARGUERITE- In this heartbreaking and rather darkly comedic tale, MARGUERITE is set in 1921, at the beginning of the Golden Twenties. Nobody knows much about Marguerite Dumont, except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. Marguerite sings. She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune. Catherine Frot, the lead actor, is spectacular in her award-winning role. Drama-Comedy from France- 125 min -  Rated R - English subtitles Trailer

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Film Review & Commentary

Film Reviews
Winter of Discontent

A Commentary & Review of RAMS
By John Bennison, Mountain Shadow Director
[Note: This film was Mountain Shadow’s March, 2016 show.]

Two farmhouses, inhabited by two estranged brothers, stand a stone’s throw apart; separated only by a barbed wire fence and a thousand miles of jealousy, rivalry and resentment that has fueled a bitter feud for an unremembered number of years.

The bonds of affection held by Gummi and Kiddi Bolstadar are quickly evident, however; and equally spent on their wooly flock and the prize sheep. But soon the blackest of nights descends upon the valley, as Gummi’s grim discovery of an incurable sheep disease leads to the mandatory slaughter of all the stock.  Click on the image above to continue reading.  

Wild, Wild Horses

A Commentary & Review of MUSTANG
By John Bennison, Mountain Shadow Director

Note: This Oscar nominee for "Best Foreign Language Film" was Mountain Shadow’s January, 2016 show.

Mention Turkey today and those who have traveled there might say it’s a wonderful place to visit, but they wouldn’t want to live there. The evening news brings with it daily images of Syrian refugees flooding across its southern border, civil unrest in the streets, and a repressive Erdoğan government that reinforces strict Islamic codes of conduct.
At first one might think it’s an unlikely setting for what
Deniz Gamze Ergüven, the co-writer and director of Mustang, describes as a fairy tale. It is not, however, a “once upon a time … and they lived happily ever after” kind of story. It’s more like the brothers Grimm, with the role of Rapunzel locked in the tower played by five young sisters; who are orphaned and bound to each other by blood and ferocious affection.  Click on the image above to read the full review.