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A fever dream about how it feels not to fit in or want to fit in, this startling 1995 drama combines symbolism and realism with the impulsiveness of free association, yet its conceits are perfectly logical. Gabriel Mick is seamlessly convincing as Seth, a barely out of high school white kid in the Adirondacks who styles himself in accordance with elaborate fantasies about what it's like to be black--something the movie explores in a literal way and as a metaphor for Seth's outsider status. He dreams of emigrating to New York City, where he believes all people and lifestyles are accepted to a degree he can't imagine in his homogeneous environment. One day a newcomer who embodies all Seth's conflicts conveniently hits town, and a virtuoso script by director John Young turns coincidence into the kind of drama that enables his movie to fulfill its weighty and complex agenda with powerful elegance. Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton, Friday, April 18, 7:00 and 9:00; Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00; and Monday through Thursday, April 21 through 24, 7:00 and 9:00; 773-281-4114. --Lisa Alspector

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