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December 8, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Virtual - Friday Night Film Discussion: "The Merry Gentleman" *For Adults

Friday, December 8, 2023

Welcome to our Friday Night Film Discussions! Today, we’ll be discussing “The Merry Gentleman" a dark, romantic character-driven drama directed by and starring Oscar-nominated actor, Michael Keaton (Batman, Birdman, Spotlight) and featuring Emmy Nominated Actress Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, No Country for Old Men).

 The way it works:

PRIOR to the meeting (whenever works for your schedule), watch "The Merry Gentleman" on Kanopy - one of the library's video streaming service - and then come to the meeting prepared to discuss!

You will need an Ashland library card or a Boston Public Library e-card to use Kanopy. Click here to access Kanopy or for more info on the BPL e-card (see if you are eligible and then register - you can use any of BPL's online resources with this card!).

Please register to receive the program link - which will be in your confirmation and reminder emails (check your spam folder for them!). Contact with any questions.


"The Merry Gentleman" is about a woman who leaves an abusive relationship to start a new life in Chicago, where she forms a friendship with a hitman who is undergoing his own emotional crisis.  Enter an alcoholic detective in this very unusual triangle as this story begins to unfold.

THE MERRY GENTLEMEN received its world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was a New York Times Critics' Pick.

Winner of Best Feature, Best Male Actor & Best Screenplay at the Midwest Independent Film Festival.

"A sly and surprisingly sublime little noir romance, which marks the directing debut of Michael Keaton." - Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"An austere, nearly pitch-perfect character study of two mismatched yet ideally matched souls." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Running Time: 96 mins

Year: 2008

Director:   Michael Keaton

Features:  Michael Keaton, Kelly Macdonald, Mike Bradecich, Darlene Hunt, Debbi Burns, Maritza Cabrera

Language:  English

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

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