M. C. Escher
M. C. Escher
Rockland’s Strand Theatre continues to offer films for streaming from rocklandstrand.com. Those who buy virtual tickets ($12) will have several days to watch the films. The Strand receives half of ticket proceeds to help the theater weather the economic impacts of the pandemic. For details, visit rocklandstrand.com.

“Food Club,” directed by Barbara Topsøe-Rothenborg (2021, not rated). In Danish, with English subtitles. Three lifelong women friends of a certain age travel to Italy together to attend a cooking course, where they each find the opportunity to redefine themselves and acknowledge that the most important thing in life is their friendship.

“M. C. Escher: Journey to Infinity,” directed by Robin Lutz (2019, not rated). In English, Dutch, Italian and German with English subtitles. Equal parts history, psychology and psychedelia, the film presents the story of renowned Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher (1898–1972). British actor Stephen Fry reads Escher’s diary musings, excerpts from lectures, correspondence and more, while Escher’s woodcuts, lithographs and other print works appear in both original and playfully altered form. Two of the artist’s sons, George (age 92) and Jan (age 80), reminisce about their parents, while musician Graham Nash talks about Escher’s rediscovery in the 1970s.

“Amundsen: The Greatest Exploration,” directed by Espen Sandberg (2021, not rated). In Norwegian and English, with English subtitles. Roald Amundsen’s dream of reaching the North Pole haunted him throughout his life. He was obsessed with the idea of discovering the last uncharted lands of the world. He won the race against Robert Scott to become the first man ever to reach the South Pole, and then he sacrificed everything to be the first to explore the wastelands of the North Pole.

“The People vs. Agent Orange,” directed by Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna (2020, not rated). In English, French and Vietnamese, with English subtitles. The Agent Orange catastrophe did not end with the Vietnam War. Today, a primary chemical component of the toxic defoliant controls weeds in farming, forestry, parks and playgrounds around the world, wreaking havoc on the human genome and causing deformities and deadly cancers. After decades of struggle and tragic personal losses, two women are leading a worldwide movement to end the plague and hold manufacturers accountable.