THE VOICES

MARJANE SATRAPI

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Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) finds a rich seam of humour in some very dark material, a difficult balance successfully maintained through the combination of her confident direction, Michael R. Perry’s defiantly odd screenplay, and a committed cast. When the shy, but sweet and likeable Jerry (Ryan Reynolds, in a brilliantly judged performance) is enlisted to help in the planning of a party at his workplace, the lure of spending time with co-worker and crush Fiona (Gemma Arterton) outweighs his trepidation to the extent that he eventually musters up the courage to ask her out.

Jerry is advised on these and other matters by his loyal, friendly dog, and malicious, evil cat – or rather, believes he is, since Jerry has decided to no longer take medication for his mental illness. Guided by voices, Jerry’s life quickly takes a turn for the worse. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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104 minutes, U.S.A.-Germany, 2014, Colour, D-Cinema

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