The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
This bizarre but compelling documentary chronicles the relationship between Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his second wife, known as Lady Jaye, who shares his passion for underground techno music and performance art. The pair’s most daring artistic experiment is one in pandrogyny, in which each has a series of plastic surgeries — including sexual reassignment — to more closely resemble their partner. This tribute of sorts is not for all tastes, and the film could have placed its central figures into a broader context. However, director Marie Losier captures the eccentricity of her subjects while the unconventional romance at the film’s core has a genuine poignancy. (Not rated, 72 minutes).
The Decoy Bride
A strong cast cannot save this good-natured but woefully predictable British romantic comedy, which starts with the wedding of film star Lara (Alice Eve) to writer James (David Tennant) being called off due to an influx of paparazzi. So they decide to relocate to a more romantic locale, an island referenced by James in one of his books that turns out to be lacking in glamour. So while James scrambles to prepare, he meets a local outsider (Kelly Macdonald) who wins his heart. The Scottish landscapes offer about the only highlight of this otherwise formulaic effort that never generates sufficient chemistry between its two leads. (Not rated, 89 minutes).
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
You don’t have to be a sushi connoisseur to appreciate this mouth-watering documentary about 86-year-old Tokyo resident Jiro Ono, who operates one of the most exclusive sushi restaurants in the world. It chronicles the perfectionist nature of his work, his 75 years on the job, and the relationship with his two sons who are following in his intimidating footsteps. It’s a heartfelt tribute to a man whose life is his work, and to the food that he crafts so meticulously that it feels like a work of art. The film’s tangents about the fish industry feel irrelevant, but when the focus is in the kitchen, it’s delicious. (Rated PG, 82 minutes).