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Thirteen 

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Several people appear to be playing themselves in this lyrical fusion of drama, improvisation, and what may be reenactment--a movie that keeps open the tantalizing question of whether it's more like fiction than documentary by seamlessly combining techniques associated with both. Thirteen-year-old Nina (Wilhamenia Dickens, the daughter of Lillian Folley, who plays her mother) retreats into the mountains of Virginia, and family, friends, neighbors, and social workers try to figure out why she's disappeared, hoping this will help them find her. David Williams, a neighbor of Folley and Dickens, produced, wrote, directed, shot, and edited the movie and may be represented by one of the characters, an artist Nina poses for. With the devout collaboration of the cast, Williams blurs the boundary between experience and storytelling as if the distinction were not only irrelevant but presumptuous. 87 min. Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton, Friday, August 4, 7:00 and 8:45; Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, 1:45, 3:30, 5:15, 7:00, and 8:45; Monday and Tuesday, August 7 and 8, 7:00 and 8:45; Wednesday, August 9, 9:00; and Thursday, August 10, 7 and 8:45; 773-281-4114. --Lisa Alspector

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