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October 7–13, 2016

Chicago Theatrical


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Film still: Chronic Film still: Chronic Film still: Chronic
Best Screenplay
Palme d'Or
Cannes Film
Best Feature
Chicago Intl
Film Fest
Critics' Pick "Quietly devastating... Radically unsentimental"
  —New York Times
"This is a film that establishes its unsettling grip from the outset and never loosens it... a sobering window into the self-sacrifice and psychological strain of the caregiver"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Chronic may be a demanding movie to watch, but it's also one with enormous potential for audiences to personalize, expanding in the hours and days that follow"
4 stars "[Tim] as marvellous as he's ever been... It's a delicate performance that exudes a tender kind of chill"
  —TimeOut London
4 stars "There is a devastating sadness in this deeply intelligent film"
  —The Guardian
  —Chicago Reader
"A decidedly bold film, one that pulls few punches as it slowly peels away the emotional layers of its complex protagonist"
  —Chicago Tribune

Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Lie to Me) delivers a masterful performance as a Los Angeles hospice nurse who works with terminally ill patients, developing strong, even intimate, relationships with each person he cares for.

Withdrawn from the world and socially awkward, David invests all of his energy in his patient and develops unhealthy fixations on them, often blurring the boundaries between truth and fiction as he becomes immersed in their histories. We follow David as he cares for three different patients and are left to marvel at the compassion he extends to those who so easily slip into society's blind spots, with even their own families often eager to absolve themselves of responsibility. It is riveting and heartbreaking to watch David as he struggles to keep calm while the lives of those around him start to permanently unravel. However, he needs each patient as much as they need him and for many years he has carried a burden of guilt and remorse, but now David must face his past in order to heal.

Directed by Michel Franco, 2015, France/Mexico, 107 mins.


  • Fri., Oct. 7 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Oct. 8 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Oct. 9 at 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Oct. 10–13 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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