Film Reviews

Don't Just Animate Me

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The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (through November 20) features more than 200 independent, foreign, classic, short, and documentary films from around the world. Normal theater admission prices are in effect for all shows, except for free shows (noted). Call 954-525-FILM, or visit www.fliff.com.

Note about locations: This week's screenings are spread among Cinema Paradiso (noted as "CP," 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale), the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (noted as "BC," 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale), and the AMC Coral Ridge 10 (noted as "AMC," 3401 NE 26th Ave., Fort Lauderdale).

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3

3 p.m.: Student films

5 p.m.: Student films

8 p.m.: Transamerica — One week away from a procedure that will make him a woman at last, Bree gets a phone call from New York. A young man jailed for turning tricks has named Bree as his father, and would she come bail him out? (BC)



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4

7:30 p.m.: Tell Me I'm Pretty — Fanny invites an office colleague over for a one-night stand, but he's looking for a real relationship. With just two characters and one setting, high tensions run in this romantic comedy — the centerpiece film of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. (BC)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5

10 a.m.: Max Rules — Three best friends spy on their families, sneak into one another's houses, and organize elaborate pranks. (CP) FREE.



Noon: Pelicanman — A pelican lands in Finland and becomes so fascinated by humans that he decides to learn to live and be like them. The pelican gets a job at the opera house, befriends two children, and falls in love with a ballerina. (CP) FREE.

1 p.m.: Parnikoviy Effekt — A small-town girl arrives at the Moscow train station and finds that her baggage is stolen. She has no papers and no money. A homeless boy comes to her rescue. (BC)

2:45 p.m.: Hawaii Oslo — The story of a handful of people who cross one another's paths without necessarily knowing one another, during the hottest day of the year in Oslo. (BC)

5 p.m.: Aurora Borealis — His buddies are growing up and beginning lives of responsibility, but Duncan is still looking for that spark. His life becomes affected by his dying grandfather and a relationship with his grandfather's feisty nurse.

7:15 p.m.: La Role de Sa Vie — Two great actresses clash over work and romance. (BC)

Frenching — On the last night of summer camp 1988, Robby and Stephanie face the greatest challenge of their young lives — to French or not to French. (BC)

8 p.m.: Keep Your Distance — In the perfectly normal town of Louisville, Kentucky, there is a perfectly normal man living the perfect life. Until he is plunged into a harrowing web of desire, deceit, and paranoia. (CP)

8:55 p.m.: Swindled — Three con artists in Madrid hatch a plan that will net them millions. The only hitch is that they need the assistance of Federico's ex-lover Pilar, a former con artist herself. (BC)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Noon and 2 p.m.: Before the Fall — Set during World War II, this movie follows German teenagers who attend a Napola — a special institution for gifted boys that turns them into the Nazi elite. (CP)

6 p.m.: Love and Happiness — Two friends roam the streets, have tedious jobs, and try to entertain themselves by falling in love with the wrong men until one realizes she has to break away. (BC)

7:30 p.m.: Play — A young nurse with big eyes and even bigger headphones walks the streets of Santiago like a silver ball in a pinball machine, shooting from one person's life to another's. When she is not reading National Geographic articles to her Hungarian patient or flirting with a gardener in the park, she is following a 33-year-old architect whose wallet she finds after he is mugged. (BC)

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