Thursday, May 29, 2008

SIFF 2008: Bad Habits


Bad Habits screens at the 34th Annual Seattle International Film Festival tonight Thursday, May 29th at 9:45pm, and again on Sunday, June 1 at 9:15pm @ The Egyptian. You can buy tickets online here.

The first feature from Director Simon Bross gives us a stark glimpse into one family's fixation and issues with food - exploring how it affects our spirits, lives and relationships.

Mathilde becomes a nun who thinks she can save everyone as long as she doesn't enjoy food; aunt Elena is a mother with an eating disorder, who passes her fear of being fat on to her daughter Linda - which in turn pushes her husband (Uncle Gustavo) to find solace in the arms of a curvy student who shares his love for delicious, fatty entrees.

This beautifully shot film (the scenes featuring food are sure to make you salivate) is hardest to watch when Linda's failure to lose weight results in Elena's extreme anger, exposing her character's disease in excruciating detail.

The end result is a striking, melancholy story that makes you think about how food affects everyone, and about how far some people are willing to go with their obsessions. Definitely recommend - just be aware you won't leave the theater on an uplifting note.

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