At The Avon

(4.4) This week at the Avon Cinema: “Perfect Days” is the latest from German filmmaker Wim Wenders. The subject of public toilets may seem unusual until you see how Japan does it up:

Hirayama (Koji Yakusho) works as a public toilet cleaner in Shibuya, Tokyo. His is a calm, quiet existence. Every day, he wakes up at the same time, gets ready the same way, and works the same way. Though his life may seem monotonous, no two days are ever the same, and he steps into each new day with a serene optimism.

The title is borrowed from Lou Reed’s song “Perfect Day,” from 1972, which Hirayama listens to at home. For more on how this film came about, read “How Toilets Got a Starring Role in a Wim Wenders Movie.”

Rated PG. Running time: 2 hours, 3 minutes.

Also on the schedule is “The Taste of Things” starring Juliette Binoche.

On Friday and Saturday it’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which now shows at 9pm. I suspect the audience for this no longer kicks off their weekend at midnight. But they are probably neater.

Avon Cinema, 260 Thayer Street, (directions)

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