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June 6–11, 2015

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Welcome to Me

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"Startlingly inspired"
  —Variety
"This comedy succeeds on its own strange terms"
  —Hollywood Reporter
Critics' Pick "By turns touching, amusing and genuinely disturbing, [the film] defies expectations and easy categorization, forgoing obvious laughs and cheap emotional payoffs in favor of something much odder and more interesting"
  —New York Times
3 stars½ "Welcome to Me is nearly as brazen and confident as its protagonist... Both Eliot Laurence's barbed script and [Shira] Piven's assured direction keep a discomfiting, relentless focus on Alice's ambitions to construct the ultimate shrine to her tortured persona"
  —Slant Magazine
4 stars "This tragicomic oddity is that rarest of birds: a genuinely funny movie about mental illnes"
  —TimeOut Chicago
"Kristen Wiig gives perhaps the most impressive performance I've seen this year... Wiig manages to make Alice funny as hell, endearing, sad and sometimes a little frightening. There's not an ounce of condescension or preciousness in the performance"
  —Chicago Sun-Times
Recommended "[The filmmakers] wisely steer clear of tired social satire, focusing as narrowly on the heroine's inner life as she does herself. They've also got the ideal star in Wiig, whose vacant gaze, frozen smile, and preternatural calm have always suggested a vast reservoir of madness"
  —Chicago Reader
3 stars "A humorous if occasionally horrific pitch-black satire... [Wiig's] Alice Klieg is a carefully and cunningly crafted creation, which exposes an undercurrent of pain and sorrow beneath her often placid, pixilated state"
  —RogerEbert.com

Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids) suffers from borderline personality disorder, finding a foundation in her daily routine, which includes memorizing every episode of Oprah and carefully monitoring her wardrobe and protein-laden diet. However, thanks to a Mega-Millions lottery windfall, she is now free to follow her wildest whims. She decides to stop taking her meds, embrace her rampant self-obsession and launch a cable access show as a soapbox for skewed views on everything from nutrition to neutering. As her show gains an audience, Alice realizes that viewers identify with her re-enactments of past hurts and social slights, but what she does not recognize is that her own hunger for fame may just reflect a deeper need to be heard. Also starring Wes Bentley, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tim Robbins.

Directed by Shira Piven, U.S.A., 2014, 86 mins.

Showtimes

  • Fri., Jun. 5 at 7:45 pm
  • Sat., Jun. 6 at 5:45 & 7:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., June 8–11 at 7:45 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.

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or charles@facets.org.

  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation