Tuesday: "Stinking Heaven"

Nov. 3

Set in a sober living environment in New Jersey in the early 1990s (and shot on an old Betacam video camera so it just viscerally looks like it's from another era), "Stinking Heaven" (which played at this year's Maryland Film Festival) is a rough-around-the-edges, semi-improvised ensemble about, among other things, the impossibility of utopian spaces. Tensions are high, feelings are right there on the surface, and characters drift in and out as they try and overcome addiction and it all results in a movie that through its detached tone (and shooting style) makes you feel as though you're down in it with them. You get just glimpses of larger events and it's as if you're as preoccupied with your own problems and how you fit into this place to see the big picture as the rest of them. Eric Hatch, Maryland Film Festival director of programming (and Twitter funnyman), loftily compares it to Lukas Moodysson's devastating "Together" and Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots," two cruel but deeply empathetic movies about how funny and sad it is when people try to fix their flaws together. 7:30 p.m., MICA Brown Center, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 669-9200, mica.edu, $10. (Brandon Soderberg)

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