In Jem Cohens indie film, Chain, Timms is just one view of Americas corporate strip-mall culture. Living alone in a squat near the mall, Timms (Mira Billotte) leads a somewhat parasitic existence, living in a squat, working for minimum wage, and loitering around the mall, working on a video diary with a camera she found. Interspersed with Timms go-nowhere escapades is the more financially proactive life of Tamiko (Miho Nikaido), a Japanese businesswoman who studies American theme parks for her home-based company, which is planning to open its own park in the States. Its a dreary reminder that even within such a homogenized world, there are as many lifestyles as flavors of coffee but they all come from the same store (do we really need to name it?). Chain is shown at 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday at Cinema Paradiso (503 NE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). Call 954-525-FILM, or visit www.fliff.com.
Thu., April 27