Movie night: Low Life

Sunday, 28 May

Movie night: Low Life

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Low Life * dir by Nic Clotz and Elisabet Percival * 120 minutes * In French, subtitles in English * Doors open at 20:00, film starts at 20:30.

Higher education = low life.

Spend any amount of time with anyone, no matter how dull they seem or how boring they fancy themselves. The stories they will slowly wind up telling you about their life will reveal moments of magical beauty and heartfelt dreams. Life is never fully devoid of poetry, but most 'realistic' mainstream movies try pathetically hard to steer away from magic, chance encounters, and the beauty of earnest, unheroic struggles. A film without poetry, as we often argue in the underground cinemas, should not even consider calling itself realistic.

This little flick throws itself with all its weight in the opposite direction. Unafraid of dipping here and there into classical French pedantry, it sets its winding dialogues and monologues to immersive electronic music, elevating the nervous dreariness of student life as we read about it in the media and the 'user-generated content' of the socials to a quest for deeper connections and meaning.

The choral cast of Low Life is made up of about a dozen first-time (or one-time) performers and a bunch of supporting actors plucked from films such as Blue Is the Warmest Colour. The camera moves with incredible lightness through its gritty urban settings, first on the cobbled streets, where a cop is badly wounded while trying to evict illegal immigrants. And later on through the labyrinthian spaces of their crumbling squat, where art student Carmen and her Afghan lover tacitly lock themselves up to prevent his deportation.

Date & Time: 

Sunday, 28 May, 2023 - 20:30


  • film


  • poetry
  • squat-themed


  • free


Joe's Garage
Pretoriusstraat 43
1092 EZ Amsterdam


Train station Amsterdam Muiderpoort, 10 minutes walk --- Metro station Wibaustraat, 15 minutes walk --- Tram 19 or Bus 41, Bus/tramhalte: Oostpoort, 1 minute walk


Presently squatted

Since June 2005, Joe's Garage is an autonomous squatted political social center, a meeting place in the Transvaal neighborhood for squatters and non-squatters, subsidy free, not for profit, self-organized and entirely run by volunteers.


  • advice/help/office hours / book shop/info shop/library / course/workshop / discussion/presentation / exhibition / film / food / (free) shop/market / meeting / music/concert / theater

opening times: 

(from May 2023):
Monday: 19:00, Volkseten Vegazulu
Tuesday: 19-20:30, Kraakspreekuur Oost
Wednesday: 18-22:00, Proxy Cafe or Esperanto workshop *
Thursday: 19:00, Volkseten Vegazulu
Friday: 20:00 Aman molli: Practice of Modal music *
Saturday: 14-18, Give Away Shop
Sunday: 14-16, Radical Sunday School
Sunday: 16-18, Language Cafe
Sunday: 20:30, Movie night
(*) irregular event, check Radar.
Every 2nd sunday of the month, 18:00-19:30, Joe’s Garage open assembly