This is the best kind of surprise-a small, frequently funny, fine-boned 1987 film set in the worlds of the theater and the movies that unexpectedly becomes a consummate study of love, alienation and loss. In a blazing comet of a performance, Sally Kirkland, right, pictured with Paulina Porizkova, plays a one-time Czech movie star in this New York-made picture about the irreconcilable pangs of exile directed by Yurek Bogayevicz and written by Polish-born international filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (Bravo Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.).
Other four-star films airing this week:
Here Comes Mr. Jordan / Cinemax, Sunday, noon
A Hard Day's Night / AMC, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.; early Wednesday, 2:15 a.m.
Laura / Bravo, Thursday, 11:30 a.m.
A Double Life / AMC, Thursday, 5 and 9 p.m.
Five Easy Pieces / KCOP, Saturday, 4 p.m.
Hannah and Her Sisters / Bravo, Saturday, 6 and 10 p.m.