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ESSENTIAL EVENT INFO

W H A T :
  • SIGHTSEERS
  • Director: Ben Wheatley, U.K. 2012, run time 90 minutes. Rated (R) for Violence, Language
  • Genres: dark comedy, romance, road movie, suspense.

  • W H E N :
  • Saturday, July 20, 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 21, 4:00 pm

  • W H E R E :
  • Sharonville Fine Arts Center
    11165 Reading Rd., Cincinnati OH 45241

  • Easy Access from I-75 and I-275
         with Free Parking:
  • Interactive Google Map
  • Printable directions and parking map

  • T I C K E T S :
  • $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
  • Tix for students / Enjoy the Arts members with valid ID are $10, at the door.
  • Double-feature tix are $16 in advance, online/phone only.
  • Pay with cash or check only at the door, credit cards not accepted.

  • How to get Tickets


    On-line:
    Click here for online tickets
    Online sales for Saturday screenings end at noon July 20; sales for Sunday screenings end at 1 pm July 21.

    By phone:
  • Cincinnati World Cinema,
    859-957-3456, Mon-Sat 9a-7p



  • LOCAL RESTAURANTS
     
    There are many restaurants in the Sharonville area; several within walking distance from the theatre: Brij Mohan Indian, Dinastia Latina, Blue Goose, Chinese Imperial, Soups 'n' Scoops and both La Rosa's and Angilo's pizza. If you are doing the double-feature, you'll have 90 minutes between the end of Sightseers (5:30) and the start of Kapringen (7:00), so grabbing a bite should not be a problem. Here's a full list of food choices: Urban Spoon restaurant guide.

     
    Unique, inventive, twisted, dark, funny and sad.
    Just what you expect in a British romantic comedy, eh?
    All this in a single film? You betcha! Fargo fans rejoice!


    Unlike Hollywood movies, with Sightseers, British director Ben Wheatley successfully mixes genres — effectively blending romance, road movie, suspense, and comedy-horror with a spine of sinister surrealism and pitch-black humor.

    Wheatley's been hitting cinematic home runs (Down Terrace, Kill List, A Field in England), and this fast-paced lovers-on-holiday tale about a pair of affable, eccentric sociopaths, is considered his best yet. Click above on What They're Saying for more insight. Diverse sources, ranging from Ebert to the New York Times to Indiewire to Slant to the British Film Institute, offer unbridled appreciation!

    The protagonists, Chris and Tina, are two lonely everyday people beaten down by life. The characters were developed in performance routines over the years by comedians Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, who co-star and also wrote the film script. In the film, they project the precise combination of charm, deadpan humor and barely-buried anger for believability and acceptance by audiences.

    And then there are your random murders, but unlike Wheatley's earlier films they are not over-emphasized visually – off-screen sound does the trick. Cinematographer Laurie Rose captures lush widescreen landscapes and England's beautiful natural settings make the carnage incongruous – and in a perverse way, even funnier. Sightseers is a nifty little travelogue, if you don't mind the occasional corpse.

    Great soundtrack! Tainted Love is the theme song, with two versions – by Soft Cell and Gloria Jones. The totally eclectic mix is well-conceived, ranging from Elgar's Nimrod and Wieniawski's Violin Concerto, to two versions of Season of the Witch (by Donovan and Julie Driscoll), to the krautrock stylings of Popol Vuh, Harmonia and Neu!, to ballads – The Power of Love, by Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Amours Toujours, Tendresse, Caresses by Francoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc.
     
    SYNOPSIS

    Introverted, 30-something Tina still lives at home with her tyrannical mother. But she has a new boyfriend, Chris, who wants to take her on holiday throughout Derbyshire and up to the Lake Country in his Abbey Caravan. "Caravan" is BritSpeak for a towable travel trailer, think Airstream, Coachman or the like.

    Off they go, a pair of misfit lovers, rambling through some of England's most beautiful countryside, rarely seen in films, stopping at quirky locations (the National Tram Museum & Village in Crich, near Nottingham; the Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick, etc.) as they motor north into the scenic Lake Country.
      









    As it turns out, the prickly Chris reveals a few quirks of his own — particularly a penchant for violently avenging real or imagined slights by others.

    Euphoric with her new-found freedom and amazed by all the sex she is having, Tina's acquiesence morphs into folie á deux as she begins to emulate his odd behavior. As the film unfolds, their travels through the grandeur of the English landscape turn rather grisly, with an unexpected twist at the end.

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