Oh Summer, season of carelessness. Sunshine, warmth, holidays, it hardly feels real anymore. Everything and everyone is free and without a worry, almost like a dream that passes by too quickly. However, this year that’s about to change.

Every Monday and Saturday in July and August, Kriterion will keep you grounded with our Modern Classics that will make you feel bad. Our selection of films is out to leave you depressed, sad, hopeless and broken. The moment you walk out of the theatre, you will feel like shit, cause isn’t that when you feel most alive?


The Other Side Of The Underneath (1972)

July 4th at 22:00 & July 9th at 16:30

English spoken

In The Other Side Of The Underneath, Jane Arden collaborates with her theater group “The Holocaust” and sets up an intriguing and moving story. The images let you witness the experiences of a young woman with schizophrenia, who is rescued from a river and placed in a mental institution. Here she comes into contact with other schizophrenic women, and horrific scenes occur. 

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A Short Film About Killing (1988)

July 11th at 22:00 & July 16th at 16:30

Polish spoken with English subs

Waldemar Rekowski is a middle-aged taxicab driver in Warsaw who enjoys his profession and the freedom it affords. Jacek Łazar is a 21-year-old drifter who recently arrived in Warsaw from the countryside and is now aimlessly wandering the streets of the city. Piotr Balicki is a young and idealistic lawyer who has just passed the bar exam. Jacek climbs into the taxi driven by Waldemar, tells him to drive to a remote location, then brutally strangles him, seemingly without motive.

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Lilja 4-ever (2002)

July 18th at 22:00 & July 23rd at 16:30

Spoken in multiple languages with English subtitles

Lilja lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilja hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working as a prostitute, and later meets Andrei. He offers her a good job in Sweden, but when Lilja arrives her life quickly enters a downward spiral.

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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

July 25th at 22:00 & July 30th at 16:30

English spoken

In 2001, Andrew Bagby, a medical resident, is murdered not long after breaking up with his girlfriend. Soon after, when she announces she’s pregnant, one of Andrew’s many close friends, Kurt Kuenne, begins this film, a gift to the child. Kuenne interviewed numerous relatives, friends, and associates of Andrew Bagby and incorporated their loving remembrances into a film meant to serve as a cinematic scrapbook for the son who would never know his father.

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Winter’s Bone (2010)

August 1st at 22:00 & August 6th at 16:30

English spoken

17 year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin’s code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth.

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Meantime (1983)

August 8th at 22:00 & August 13th at 16:30

English spoken

A working-class family in London’s East End is struggling to stay afloat during the recession under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. Only the mother Mavis is working; father Frank and the couple’s two sons Colin, a timid, chronically shy individual and Mark, an outspoken, headstrong young man, are on the dole. This situation is contrasted by the presence of Mavis’s sister Barbara, and her husband John, whose financial and social loftiness appears to be a comfortable facade over the unspoken soreness of a lackluster marriage.

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A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

August 15th at 22:00 & August 20th at 16:30

English spoken

Mabel Longhetti, desperate and lonely, is married to a Los Angeles municipal construction worker, Nick. Increasingly unstable, especially in the company of others, she craves happiness, but her extremely volatile behavior convinces Nick that she poses a danger to their family and decides to commit her to an institution for six months. Alone with a trio of kids to raise on his own, he awaits her return, which holds more than a few surprises.

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Mary and Max (2009)

August 22nd at 22:00 & August 27th at 16:30

English spoken

Mary is a lonely Australian girl with big glasses. She finds a pen pal in Max, an old loner from New York. Max suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, which means he lacks the ability to fully empathize. In a little book, he keeps facial expressions with their meanings, because he himself cannot gauge what people are feeling.

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Oasis (2002, 35mm)

August 29th at 22:00 & September 3rd at 16:30

Koreaans gesproken, Nederlandse ondertiteling

Oasis is een liefdesverhaal van twee jonge mensen die door hun familie in de steek zijn gelaten. Een jongeman, vrijgelaten uit de gevangenis, bezoekt de weduwe van de man die hij doodreed onder invloed. Daar ontmoet hij haar dochter, rolstoelgebonden met cerebrale parese. Zullen deze twee verloren mensen een manier vinden om hun relatie te laten werken?

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