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14A, language, mature content.
Dir: Julio Torres.
US, 2024, 104 min.
Tilda Swinton, Julio Torres, RZA, Greta Lee.

“The hero of Problemista sees the world differently. He’s an aspiring toy designer named Alejandro who thinks today’s toys are too fun. He proposes a toy truck with a deflating tire to teach kids they’re running out of time… Julio Torres, stars, directs and has written Problemista, an off-kilter and very winning movie… It’s not like a Wes Anderson-type hyper-whimsy, but more like the surreal bursting joy of Everything Everywhere All at Once. It even breaks space and time like the latter…. It tells the story of Alejandro, an El Salvadoran immigrant desperate to work for Hasbro but needing to extend his work visa… A twist of fate gets him into the orbit of Elizabeth, the widow of an artist who has been cryogenically frozen… To afford to keep her husband on ice, she must locate and sell his unloved paintings – a 13-painting series of eggs in different places – and she needs the computer and gofer assistance of Alejandro. Tilda Swinton plays the widow as an unhinged, self-involved, rude and frightening force of nature… These two very opposite souls need each other and not just in a transactional sense. She needs his calmness and vision, and he needs her forthrightness… Torres displays a Kafkaesque bent as he illustrates the byzantine hurdles of red tape that immigrants face, with Alejandro negotiating a fantasy office maze, like a human rat… The movie even speeds more than 300 years into the future. In that cool future, we’re pretty certain they’ll be talking about the big directorial debut of a talented filmmaker. Torres is just starting to toy with us.” —Mark Kennedy, Associated Press




April 13
7:00 pm
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City Cinema
64 King St
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1B3 Canada
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