New and classic films from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, India and South Africa
February 15-21, 2019
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Maxine Peake kills as they say in the comedy trade, playing the title character with unflinching boldness and grit that absolutely mesmerizes. As a female standup comic trying to make it in the northern working men’s clubs of the 70s, she confronts the unrelenting sexism and violence surrounding working class women in Northern England. Through a collage of flashbacks, we learn how resilience was knocked into her by an abusive father, husband, and broken alcoholic mother. Funny Cow stands, a vibrant, firebrand dressed in red, using comedy as her lifeline, amid a drear, harsh, grimy cityscape. With corkscrew blond hair and bright red lippy, the fur coat and fancy sports car she finds comfort, but can’t erase the deep hurt in her soul. This film makes us uncomfortable. We may not laugh but we will think. Remember Archie Rice in The Entertainer – he was “dead behind the eyes”. Funny Cow calls herself “a monster behind the eyes”. But no, she is just trying to survive and we applaud her for it.
2017 UK (92 mins)
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Playing at: Vogue TheatreBUY TICKETS
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Discounts go to members of the San Francisco Film Society, the Fromm Institute, the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation and people 65 and over.