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updated: Jan 24, 2009, 12:00 AM

Getting by with a little help from some friends

by Lisa Knox Burns

“I am ASTONISHED! You people are SICK in the HEAD! You should be in BED!” So said Roger Durling, welcoming us to the 8 a.m. screening of Tiramisu. In case you were wondering, Roger’s hair this Friday has blond highlights, with a nod to Vanessa Velasquez at “Cut Me Some Slack”.

Roger apologized that the director was unavailable for Q&A at this showing of “Tiramisu”, but promised that Paula Van Der Oest would at the Sunday, January 25th (2PM) screening at Metro 4.

One of the characters in the film states that “Tiramisu” means “carry me” in Italian; according to Wikipedia it means “pick me up”. Either definition works because this film is layered with bittersweet scenes from the life of an actress (Anna) – who is generous beyond her means – and her new accountant. The layers of this film flip back and forth between Anna’s starring role in a theater production appropriately called “IV Scenes” and scenes of her current situation. Art imitating life. The young accountant is moved to help straighten out Anna’s knotty financial mess that threatens to weigh down her buoyant lifestyle. Yet his efforts are analogous to being Judy Garland’s accountant trying to get attention about unpaid tax liens at a Rat Pack party; but I won’t spoil this movie’s frothy dessert.


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