The PFS returns with its regular Wednesday night series of underappreciated and obscure feature films. They’ll screen the bizarre and haunting 1976 French drama “Marie, The Doll,” aka “Marie Poupee.” This erotic art-house film is essentially unknown, and was never shown theatrically or released on home video outside of France.
A rather daring portrait of a 17-year-old, socially awkward and gullible orphan girl who finds herself attracting the overwhelming affections of a wealthy and much older businessman (who just happens to have an extreme fetish for lifelike porcelain dolls), it’s a legitimately unusual viewing experience with some unexpected plot twists that help it to pack one heck of an emotional wallop. Showtime is 8 p.m., with $7 admission for mature viewers only. In spoken French with English subtitles.