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Afi Film Fest: A Window On Some Far Shores : Saturday

March 08, 1987|MICHAEL WILMINGTON and All AFI Film Festival of Los Angeles events will take place at the Los Feliz Theater, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood, unless otherwise noted. Tickets are available at Ticketron, Teletron and at the box office one hour before showtime. Information: (213) 520-2000 , 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and

"Wives and Wives--Ten Years After" (Norway, 1975 and 1985, 174 minutes, 12 p.m.). This work--actually two films, made 10 years apart--is probably one of the festival's most unexpectedly delightful offerings: a feminist comedy that twists around your expectations and digs up something poignant, playful, real, even joyous. Writer-director Anja Beien, taking off from Cassavetes' "Husbands," presents the same situation from a distaff angle: Three old friends, meeting at a school reunion, take an extended hooky-adventure; 10 years later, they meet at another reunion and do it again. The actresses are wonderful, and if they mature markedly during the decade, so does Breien's directorial style; unknown here, she may be one of Norway's finest film makers. Recommended.

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