Film Series

Being in the Body

Select Saturdays June through August

Images Cinema Main Screen

In conjunction with Renoir: The Body, The Senses, Images Cinema and the Clark Art Institute present Being in the Body. This series explores the experience of being in a body, one's own or another's. What does it mean to be in a body? What does it feel like? Do our bodies define us, or is there something more?

June 15 at 2pm: Being John Malkovich
July 20 at 2pm: Margarita with a Straw
August 17 at 2pm: A Skin So Soft


Being John Malkovich

Starring: John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz, John Malkovich

When frustrated puppeteer Craig Schwartz finds a portal into John Malkovich’s body, he discovers he can experience what it feels like to be Malkovich. Eventually he learns to control the acclaimed actor too, which Craig thinks will get him everything he ever wanted. Directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman, this cult comedy favorite stars John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz and, of course, John Malkovich.

  • Director: Spike Jonze
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy, Fantasy

“A clever and outrageous piece of whimsical fantasy that is unique, unpredictable and more than a little strange.”

– Los Angeles Times


Margarita with a Straw

Starring: Kalki Koechlin, Sayani Gupta

Laila, an overachieving Dehli University student and aspiring writer who also happens to have cerebral palsy, is determined to live her life on her own terms. When her adventurous spirit leads her to New York, she meets a fiery female activist who challenges her and pushes her in unexpected directions. Inspired by a true story, this award-winning film offers a unique perspective on ideas of love, identity and sexuality.

  • Director: Shonali Bose
  • Runtime: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Romance

“An unexpected delight of charm and substance.”

– Variety


A Skin So Soft

Starring: Cédric Doyon, Maxim Lemire, Alexis Légaré, Ronald Yang, Jean-François Bouchard, Benoit Lapierre

Artfully observing the world of male bodybuilding, Quebecois filmmaker Denis Côté crafts an intimate portrait of six latter-day Adonises and their everyday lives of ritualistic workouts, extreme diets and elaborate posing, all in service of achieving perfectly sculpted physiques. Capturing the physical brawn and emotional complexity of these men with wit and tenderness, A Skin So Soft is a self-reflexive rumination on the long tradition of filming the human body that also offers a fascinating perspective on contemporary masculinity.

  • Director: Denis Côté
  • Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The pleasure of Denis Côté’s A Skin So Soft radiates not so much from its storytelling as it does from the meditative force of its formal construction. Côté’s camera relishes the silence of daily moments when these physically hardened men put down their weights and become fundamentally human.”

– Slant

Presented by the Clark Art Institute and Images Cinema.