There's no denying the Battelle Film Club knows how to provide good entertainment for Tri-City film buffs.
The spring film series starts Jan. 25 with the R-rated U.S. comedy/drama, Your Sister's Sister, which follows Jack, who falls into depression after the death of his brother, to the beautiful trappings of the Northwest for a little time-out with his friend Iris.
But upon his arrival, he meets another lost soul, Iris's older sister Hannah, who is recovering from a bad relationship. Together, they drown their sorrows in alcohol, which leads to an awkward incident. Then Iris arrives home with a few of her own secrets, and that leads to a twisted tale of raw emotions unchained with a splash of humor to take the edge off.
Here's a look at the rest of the season. Foreign language films all have subtitles.
-- Feb. 8: Heartbeats (Les amours imaginaires), a Canadian R-rated film that is part farce, part exploration of the complexity of love and desire between heterosexual and homosexual characters, specifically a man and a woman who are attracted to the same man.
-- Feb. 22: I Wish (Kiseki), a Japanese-made film rated PG. Twelve-year-old Koichi is devastated when he is separated from his younger brother by their parents' divorce. He hopes new bullet train lines open between the towns that separate them. Koichi believes the moment the trains pass each other at top speed, it will reunite his family.
-- March 8: Certified Copy (Copie conforme), a French-made film that is not rated. It stars Juliette Bincohe (Chocolat), who owns a gallery in a Tuscan village where she meets a British author and love accidentally blooms.
-- March 22: Get Low, a U.S. film rated PG-13. The film is based on a true story of a Tennessee man who plans his own funeral.
-- April 5: Bullhead (Rundskop), a Dutch/French film that's rated R. It's a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate surrounding a cattle farmer named Jacky who does business with some nefarious mobsters. Then an investigating federal agent is murdered and a woman from Jacky's traumatic past resurfaces, complicating his already notorious life.
-- April 19: Oslo, August 1st, is a Norwegian/English film that's not rated. The drama is a portrait of contemporary Oslo that follows a visually striking and quietly shattering story about a man in deep existential crisis as a recovering drug addict tries to reconnect with friends from his past.
-- May 3: Micmacs (Micmacs a tire-larigot) is an R-rated French film about a diehard film watcher and video story clerk, Bazil, whose life is ruined by weapons of war. His father was killed by a land mine, and a stray bullet from a nearby shoot-out lodges in his skull, leaving him near death. He wanders the streets until he hooks up with a motley crew of junkyard dealers who help Bazil put together a scheme of revenge on the two weapons manufacturers responsible for his misery.
-- May 17: Ai Weiwei; Never Sorry, an R-rated English/Mandarin documentary that chronicles the life of Ai Weiwei, one of China's most famous international artists and its most outspoken domestic critic.
-- May 31: The Kid With A Bike, a PG-13-rated Belgium/French drama about a boy who is abandoned by his father and hooks up with a kind hairdresser who feels compelled to help him search for his loser father.
All showtimes are at 8 p.m. in the Battelle Auditorium, on Battelle Boulevard off George Washington Way in Richland. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Season passes for all 10 films cost $20. Tickets are available at the door, at www.tricityfilmclub.org or by calling 371-6806.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org