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Big Screen: The understated, elegant ‘Flowers’

Flowers
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It’s January, and the release schedule — overflowing with goodness only a few short weeks ago — has transformed into a vast winter wasteland of terrible films. During the long holiday season, folks flock to the movies – then promptly abandon them in January and February. Meanwhile, the studios have to put something into cinemas — and it’s almost always barrel scrapings, misfires and duds.

Things aren’t quite as bleak here in Berkeley: for one thing, we have the Jan. 31 opening of the new Pacific Film Archive to look forward to, a very special occasion indeed. And if you don’t mind taking a trip across the bridge, there’s also a really wonderful little picture entitled Loreak (Flowers) opening at Landmark’s Opera Plaza in San Francisco on Friday, Jan. 15. (No East Bay play-dates are currently scheduled.)

Made in Spain but shot in the Basque language (according to IMDb, one of only 35 films ever shot in Basque), Flowers is an ensemble piece about a series of relationships that barely exist in the accepted sense of the word. Nonetheless, these nascent semi-relationships change the lives of all involved. … Continue reading »

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Signs of spring come to Berkeley

A rosebud on Derby near Fulton. Photo: Richard Wiborg
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It may still be February, but spring is creeping in and Berkeleysiders are sharing some beautiful photographs taken around town of delicate cherry blossoms and budding blooms. Despite the evidence to the contrary, spring officially begins with the vernal equinox on March 20. … Continue reading »

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