Springtime for Zizek

Plus one we've all been waiting for: the Reagen-obsessed serial-killer movie!

Paprika
Opens May 25Cyberpunk animation director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers) channels Sherlock, Jr. and uncorks his most complicated anime to date. A new sort of "psychotherapy machine" allows doctors to download and explore their patients' dreams—which are variously represented as derelict theme parks, parading objects, or Hollywood movies. It also allows for something far worse. As the heroine exclaims, "Implanting dreams in other people's heads is terrorism!"

Muriel
Street date March 13 Alain Resnais's 1963 masterpiece—subtitled The Time of Return—has indeed returned, for the first time on DVD. Time is of the essence in this boldly modernist story of people living emotionally in the past and historically in the aftermath of cataclysmic war. Muriel was Resnais's first color feature, as well as one of the first French films to deal with the Algerian situation. Playing the widowed proprietress of a Boulogne antique shop, Delphine Seyrig won the award for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival. In a way, her performance sets up for the single mother she'd play a dozen years later in Jeanne Dielmann.

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