The award-winning Swedish drama Evil
plays a neat trick on its audience, turning the brutal bully of the opening scene into a perceptive hero by film's end. We first meet Erik, a sullen teen living in the late '50s, pulverizing the face of a schoolmate. He's expelled for this reprehensible act and transferred to a posh boarding school, which is a run by a group of sadistic upperclassmen. By the end of the film, however, we want nothing more than the reformed Erik who withstands much physical and mental abuse from his more privileged classmates to open a super-sized can of whup-ass on his tormentors. It's a riveting morality tale that's both provocative and cathartic.
Fri., June 16, 7 p.m.; Sun., June 18, 9 p.m.