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The Human Voice + Lux Æterna (2020)

Gaspar Noe, Pedro Almodóvar (Spain, France)

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  • In-venue: Oldham Theatre

    19 May Wed, 8pm
    28 May Fri, 8pm
  • $15

    • The Human Voice: 30m, no intermission

    • Rating: No Children Under 16.

      Consumer Advice : Some Nudity and Coarse Language 些许裸露画面及粗俗语言

    • Performed in English

      Lux Æterna: 51m, no intermission

    Rating: NC16 (Some Nudity and Coarse Language)

    French with English subtitles

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The Human Voice + Lux Æterna (2020)

Gaspar Noe, Pedro Almodóvar (Spain, France)

The Human Voice Synopsis

A woman watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come pick them up, but never arrives) and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him. Two living beings facing abandonment. During the three days of waiting, the woman only goes out to the street once, to buy an axe and a can of gasoline.

The woman goes through all sorts of moods, from helplessness to despair and loss of control. She makes herself up, she dresses up as if going to a party, she considers throwing herself off of the balcony, until her ex-lover calls on the phone, but she’s unconscious because she’s taken a combination of thirteen pills and cannot answer the call. The dog licks her face until she wakes up. After a cold shower, revived by a coffee as black as her state of mind, the telephone rings again and this time she can answer.

The human voice is hers, we never hear the voice of her lover. At first she pretends to act normal and calm, but she is always on the verge of exploding in the face of the man’s hypocrisy and meanness. The Human Voice is a moral lesson about desire, even though its protagonist is on the verge of the very same abyss. Risk is an essential part of the adventure of living and loving. Pain is very present in the monologue. As I said at first, it is about the disorientation and distress of two living beings who grieve their master.

Trailer Rating: NC16 (some nudity)

Lux Æterna Synopsis

Charlotte Gainsbourg accepts the role of a witch who will be burnt at the stake in director Béatrice Dalle’s debut feature. Little by little, crazy disorganization, technical problems and psychotic meltdowns throw the shoot into a chaos of pure light.

Warning: The film, Lux Æternacontains a sequence of flashing lights which may affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photosensitivities.

Luis López Carrasco (Spain, Switzerland)

Olivier Godin (Canada)

The Living and the Dead Ensemble (UK, France)
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