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December 15–21, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Tormenting the Hen

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Film still: Tormenting the Hen


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Claire (Dameka Hayes), a New York playwright, is invited to a rural theater company in the Berkshires to present her work. She brings along her girlfriend, Monica (Carolina Monnerat), a Brazilian environmental engineer, who tags along for a much-needed vacation. Their idyllic retreat is soon interrupted by an unnerving neighbor, Mutty (Matthew Shaw), whose lack of social boundaries, increasing proximity and penchant for lawn mowing gradually chips away at Monica's sanity, as well as her lover's decreasing attentions.

Difficulties regarding connecting to others, outside of one's own cultural, ethnic and sexual orientation, lead characters to clash and collide as misunderstandings spiral into something more sinister. Each woman struggles to preserve her autonomy in an increasingly hostile milieu, building to a soul-shaking climax that offers no easy answers for character and viewer alike in this drama of social malaise and toxic love.

Directed by Theodore Collatos, U.S.A., 2017, 77 mins.


  • Fri., Dec. 15 at 6:30 & 8 pm
  • Sat.–Sun.,, Dec. 16–17 at 2:45, 4:15, & 5:45 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Dec. 18–21 at 6:30 & 8 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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