SFIFF: The Art of Negative Thinking

I started this afternoon with State of Kevin Kelly’s State of Cinema Address, but I’ll tell you about that later.

Right now I want to talk about The Art of Negative Thinking, a Norwegian comedy/drama that’s just surpassed Forbidden Lie$ as the best film I’ve seen at the festival. The picture is brutal, terrifying, and forces you to think about how you’d respond should disaster severely limit your life. It’s also devastatingly, hysterically funny.

Writer/director Bård Breien addresses a subject that we’re not supposed to laugh at: the disabled and the fully-abled people who care for them. A mostly wheelchair-bound support group, led by an incompetent yet self-righteous social worker, come to the home of a potential new member. But Geirr, boiling with rage since a car accident paralyzed him from the waist down, doesn’t want to join. When he finds it impossible to ignore the group, he sets out to disrupt the entire process.

You still have one more chance to see The Art of Negative Thinking. It screens Thursday, May 8, at 8:15, at the Clay.