The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The 13th European Union Film Festival runs Fri 3/5-Thu 4/1 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2800. Tickets are $10, $7 for students, and $5 for Film Center members. Following are selected films screening this week (through 3/11); for a full festival schedule see

The Dancer and the Thief Adapted from a novel by Antonio Skarmeta (The Postman), this 2009 Spanish drama takes place in Santiago, Chile, where a young criminal planning a heist befriends a ballet student whose father was murdered by the Pinochet regime. Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) directed. In Spanish with subtitles. 127 min. Screening on Friday as part of the festival’s opening-night program.  Fri 3/5, 6 PM, and Thu 3/11, 8 PM

A Film With Me in It An underemployed, middle-aged actor (Mark Doherty) is already facing eviction and the loss of his wage-earning girlfriend (Amy Huberman) when his luck turns much worse: a rapid series of domestic accidents kills his girlfriend’s dog, his landlord (Keith Allen), and his quadriplegic brother (David O’Doherty). Following the drunken advice of his wastrel best friend (Dylan Moran), he opts not to come clean with the police, and their bungling attempt at a cover-up yields still more stiffs. Director Ian FitzGibbon demonstrates admirable indie resourcefulness, but this 2008 Irish drama isn’t as raw and misanthropic as he and screenwriter Doherty seem to think, and the ending is an unimaginative punt. 89 min. —Cliff Doerksen  Sat 3/6, 9:30 PM, and Mon 3/8, 6 PM

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo An award winner in its native Sweden, this jumbo-size mystery is adapted from the first novel in Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy” and explores the various misdeeds of a powerful family dynasty. The unappetizing heroes—a disgraced left-wing journalist (Michael Nyqvist) and a hardened goth sporting the title body art (Noomi Rapace)—team up to solve a puzzle that involves Nazism, gruesome murders of beautiful women, and clues from the Book of Leviticus. I haven’t read the novel, but I’m guessing that the sleuths’ endless perusal of photographs, texts, and computer screens is more engrossing in print than it is here. The cluttered narrative leaves little room for character development, though director Niels Arden Oplev does manage to accommodate plenty of gratuitous torture and rape. In Swedish with subtitles. 147 min. —J.R. Jones  Sat 3/6, 3 PM

Hooked Two quarrelling lovers out for a ride in the country fall under the sway of a roadside prostitute in this 2007 Romanian drama by Adrian Sitaru. In Romanian with subtitles. 84 min. See this week’s featured movie review.  Sat 3/6, 7:30 PM, and Thu 3/11, 8:15 PM

Ondine Neil Jordan (Mona Lisa, The Crying Game) directed this Irish fantasy about a solitary fisherman (Colin Farrell) who captures a woman (Alicja Bachleda) in his net and wonders if she might be a selkie—a mythical seal that sheds its skin and takes human form.  Sat 3/6, 7:15 PM, and Wed 3/10, 6 PM