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Afi Film Fest: The Final Week

March 22, 1987|LEONARD KLADY

T he following are capsule reviews of this week's screenings at the AFI Film Festival of Los Angeles. Screenings take place at the Los Feliz Theater, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood, except where noted. Tickets and information: (213) 520-2000 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. FRIDAY

"Castaway" (Great Britain, 1987, 9:30 p.m.). Nicolas Roeg's new film is literally a desert island movie. Oliver Reed places an ad in the personals for a woman to share a year with him on a remote atoll. However, far from being prurient, the film takes on anthropological overtones that are quite captivating and picturesque. Rather than a picnic outing, life on the island proves to be both a physical and psychological survival test for the two inhabitants (Amanda Donahoe plays the woman), and Roeg captures their plight realistically and sympathetically. Recommended.

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