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Far Side of the Moon 

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Nostalgia for the Russian and American space programs haunts this richly melancholic comedy drama produced, written, directed by, and starring (in a dual role) Quebecois theater director turned filmmaker Robert Lepage (The Confessional, The Polygraph). The lumpy hero, bedeviled by an acute sense of the universe surrounding him, works as a telemarketer to support himself while perfecting a doctoral thesis about the narcissism of the space race. His resentment of his gay younger brother, a successful TV meteorologist also played by Lepage, intensifies as the two men deal with their mother's death and the older brother is invited to Russia to present his theories. This began as a one-man show, but Lepage has transferred it beautifully to the screen, where its cosmos of ideas hangs weightless. In French with subtitles. 105 min. Gene Siskel Film Center.

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