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December 1–7, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Thirst Street

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"A psychodramatic peep show for the Polanski/Chabrol crowd... Thirst Street has its share of disreputably perverse pleasures"
  —Los Angeles Times
"Each scene in the film is so immaculately designed, such a compelling mixture of seventies homage and innovation, that you just don't want to look away, even to blink"
  —Film Inquiry
3 stars½ "Silver's mastery of tone recalls other filmmakers who've mixed tragedy and comedy to unmooring, exhilaratingly ambiguous ends, such as Alan Rudolph, Pedro Almodóvar, and Claude Chabrol"
  —Slant Magazine
3 stars½ "A portrait of obsession that doesn't caricaturize nor ridicule, an empathetic account of desire and its inherent limitations, as well as an opaque psychological study that falls in line with life's myriad mysteries"
"Lindsay Burdge's intrepid performance as a woman unable to let go of a one-night stand galvanizes [filmmaker] Nathan Silver's sharply stylized character study"
  —Chicago Tribune
Recommended "Splendid neon mayhem... Slim, expressive flights of this caliber into extremes of lust and romantic self-deception are all too rare"
  —NewCity Chicago
"A strange and sometimes chilling and lurid little gem...and a wonderfully twisted lead performance by Lindsay Burdge"
  —Chicago Sun-Times

Alone and depressed after the suicide of her lover, American flight attendant Gina (Lindsay Burdge, A Teacher, Facets Cinémathèque, 2013) travels to Paris and hooks up with nightclub bartender Jérôme (Damien Bonnard, Staying Vertical) on her layover. But as Gina falls deeper into lust and decides to stay in France, this opportunistic rendezvous quickly turns into unrequited amour fou. When Jérôme's ex Clémence (Esther Garrel, Lover for a Day) reenters the picture, Gina is sent on a downward spiral of miscommunication, masochism, and madness.

Narrated by Anjelica Huston, this stylistically rich drama captures the complexities of unbridled lust through an homage to the classic European cinema of the 70s, as it burrows deep into the delirious extremes of heartbreak and sanity.

Directed by Nathan Silver, U.S.A./France, 2017, 83 mins. In English and French with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Dec. 1 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Dec. 2 at 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Dec. 3 at 1, 3 & 5 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Dec. 5–7 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

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