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Special Sunday Movie - "Brooklyn" (2015) - 1pm - La Villa Coffee Lounge, BCP Center


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This will be a very special event - a benefit where all donations go to Elizabeth (Lucy) Farrell, proprietress of the La Villa Coffee Lounge.  As many of you know, the facility was burglarized this week, with most of the stolen goods being La Villa's coffee and tea products and equipment, as well as some of the electronics belonging to BCP.  However, the big-screen TV is still there, and I will bring own audio equipment to make sure we have good sound for what I hope is a big audience.   We will definitely have popcorn and coffee and drinks available, and hopefully there will be food as usual for a light lunch or late brunch. 

Movie starts at 1pm.  Early birds get the comfy sofas, but if you like, you can bring cushions for the hard restaurant chairs, or folding/camp chairs for more comfort.  There is no admission charge, but we ask for voluntary donations to support the program and help pay for the video system.  (For this special screening, all donations will go to the La Villa Coffee Lounge help to ensure that La Villa remains open, and continues to provide a wonderful venue for our weekly Boquete Film Club screenings.)  



Upcoming movies - details about each film will be sent out the week before the screening.  

February 26:  Brooklyn (2015) (Rated PG-13) 

March 5: Manchester by the Sea (2016 - U.S.)

March 12:  Tracks (2013 - Australia) 

March 19:  Buena Vista Social Club (1999) 


Preface:  I spent a couple of hours thinking about the best way to use the Sunday Movies to help Elizabeth and La Villa by finding a film that would be appropriate, and hopefully draw a bigger audience than usual .  I decided to push out the schedule for our films one week so we could present this special screening.   I think the movie "Brooklyn" will be appropriate following the setback for Elizabeth (Lucy) and her wonderful La Villa Coffee Lounge.  Elizabeth's surname is Farrell - a good Irish name - and coincidentally, the surname of a leading character in the film.  

The film tells the of the internal struggles of a young Irish woman who moved to the U.S. in 1951 to start a new life in a place with more opportunity.  As the story progresses, the lead character has to decide whether to stay in her adopted place or return to Ireland for family reasons.    

Description:  (From the Roger Ebert Website - LINK):  "Brooklyn" is the story of "Eilis Lacey, a young woman from a working family circa 1950. She’s bright, open and industrious, and there’s not much meaningful opportunity for her in her small Irish town. An Irish priest visiting from the United States sponsors Eilis for a job in the book’s title borough, and Tóibín beautifully tells of her uncomfortable crossing, her loneliness and alienation in her new world, how she finds her own way and finds romance, and what happens after she’s called back to her old home—away from the place where she’s been working so hard to make good." 

"The director and screenwriter have been gifted with an extraordinary lead actor. In the role of Eilis, Saoirse Ronan is as alert, intelligent, and emotionally alive as the character herself. Ronan, herself a native of Ireland, has, in this movie, put on a very, if you’ll excuse the expression, Irish-girl face: open, clear-eyed, with a not-hard jawline that’s nonetheless set with a certain kind of determination. It’s the furthest thing from forbidding, but it also sends a clear message: she’ll brook no nonsense."  

"Eilis is called back to her home to cope with a family tragedy. As much as she’s come to love her new life, the forces of homesickness and guilt, as well as the attentions of the kind, handsome local fellow Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson, ...cause no small confusion for Eilis. Her inner conflict is played out with terrific sensitivity and understatement, but the director and the actors deliver the final click of the plot’s tumblers with no small emotional force. It’s a quietly devastating moment that, like much else in the movie, has a resonance that extends far beyond its immediate circumstances." 

"The persistent feeling that this movie so beautifully creates is that even when the world is bestowing blessings upon us, it’s still at the bottom a sad place, and the key to an emotionally healthy existence involves some rooted acceptance of that. The movie ends with Eilis having made some substantial steps to that accepting place, and also determined to move purposefully forward."   

David Van Harn 
Boquete Film Club Curator

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The screening of "Brooklyn" scheduled for today has been cancelled.

We were notified at the last moment that La Villa Coffee Lounge will be closed Sunday and Monday.   

The BCP Board of directors assures me that we will be back on track this week with new cafe management.

If all goes well, I will verify the moving out the schedule one week, and hope to show "Brooklyn" next Sunday. 

As they say in radio, stay tuned for details. 

We apologize for the short notice.

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