VIFF 2014: Clownwise mines dark laughs

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      Clownwise (Czech Republic/Finland/Luxembourg/Slovakia)  

      A long-dormant team of three former mimes acts out hidden (and not so buried) streams of regret and resentment as they head toward an uneasy reunion in this darkly funny and not-very-nostalgic tale of creativity, political compromise, and the indignities of aging. It was cowritten by Petr Jarchovský, who collaborated with Jan Hrebejk on Divided We Fall and many other great Czech films.

      A little long but highly recommended.

      International Village, October 1 (6:30 p.m.); SFU, October 3 (10:30 a.m.); and Rio, October 6 (2 p.m.)  

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