Facets Cinémathèque

September 4–10, 2015

Chicago Premiere

7 Chinese Brothers

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Film still: 7 Chinese Brothers


"Remarkably appealing. The title might suggest a kung fu caper...but this droll, dry comedy has some moves of its own"
  —New York Times
Recommended "[Jason] Schwartzman's rich varieties of mutter and mumble and banter are one of the genuine moviegoing treasures of a not-completely-half-bad year for emphatically idiosyncratic comedy"
  —NewCity Chicago

Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Listen Up Philip) stars as Larry who, along with his trusty sidekick (Schwartzman's real-life French bulldog, Arrow), goes through life as a misanthropic outcast, unable to retain employment or stable relationships, especially with his grandmother, played with sharp timing and wit by Academy Award® winner Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck). Landing at a Quick Lube, he finds himself mixed up with hostile co-workers and unsatisfied customers, while vacuuming, washing windshields while falling for his new boss Lupe (Eleanore Pienta, See You Next Tuesday). Will Larry keep it together long enough to win the girl, provide for man's best friend, and do his grandmother proud in this part absurdist comedy and part character portrait.

Schwartzman is in every scene and offers one of his most finely nuanced performances in this unique tale that showcases all that may be needed to help a person get unstuck in life: love, friendship (or someone your family likes better than you) and family (or in this case a grandmother who will support you whenever you get fired from a job). Co-starring Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) and Alex Karpovsky from Girls.

Directed by Bob Byington 2015, U.S.A., 76 mins.


  • Fri., Sept. 4 at 7 & 8:45 pm
  • Sat., Sept. 5 at 2:15, 4, 5:15, 7 & 8:45 pm
  • Sun., Sept. 6 at 2:15, 4, 5:15 & 7 pm
  • Mon,–Thurs., Sept. 7–10 at 7 & 8:45 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
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  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
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  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation