Grandma comes to Courtenay

TIFF Fall Film Series continues Sunday Nov. 1

Lily Tomlin shines in the lead role of the film Grandma.

Lily Tomlin shines in the lead role of the film Grandma.

Comox Valley Art Gallery’s TIFF Fall Film Series continues Sunday Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. at the Rialto Theatre, with Grandma, a spirited and touching comedy drama from director Paul Weitz.

Comedy legend Lily Tomlin shines as Elle Reid, a California poet and failed academic who’s having a pretty bad day. A self-described misanthrope, Elle once declared that she loved being old as young people are stupid. However, as the movie progresses and Elle is drawn into a day-long road trip with her grand-daughter, Sage (Julie Garner), she realizes there is much to be learned at all stages of life.

“Short, tart, yet unexpectedly sweet, Paul Weitz’s Grandma is a small-scale character study — and, because that character is played by the great Lily Tomlin, it’s mesmerizing, right up until its final frame,” said Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald.

Tickets are $13, $12 for CVAG members, and are available at the CVAG Gift Shop, 580 Duncan Ave., in downtown Courtenay. To purchase tickets by phone, call 250-338-6211. For complete film series information visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com