January’s series of films by Roma director Alfonso Cuarón continues with his acclaimed adaptation of dystopian P.D. James novel Children of Men.
Making full use of his mastery of cinematography and editing to place the viewer in a chaotic world gone mad, Cuarón’s film takes place in 2027 London, a not-so-distant future where the planet has been hit with a crisis that spells certain extension for humanity – a sudden worldwide infertility. When Theo (Clive Owen), a former resistance fighter who lives his life mourning those he lost as the world lost its humanity, is contacted by his former lover and still-active revolutionary Julian (Julianne Moore), he reluctantly agrees to see her – and stumbles upon a development that may hold the key to the human race’s survival.
Nominated for three Academy Awards, and highlighted by strong performances and masterful cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki, Children of Men is a blistering and provocative thriller with some sobering social-political context that is all the more relevant over ten years since its release.
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron | 2006 | 109 minutes | Rated R
Monday, January 14th – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
Tuesday, January 15th – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
“It’s a heartbreaking, bullet-strewn valentine to what keeps us human.” — Keith Phipps, The A.V. Club
“Grade: A. Thrilling, important, and invigoratingly bleak, Children of Men is one of the very best movies to come out in 2006.” — Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
“Made with palpable energy, intensity and excitement, it compellingly creates a world gone mad that is uncomfortably close to the one we live in. It is a Blade Runner for the 21st century, a worthy successor to that epic of dystopian decay.” — Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times