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Rebecka Josephson adds moments of comedy in the otherwise serious "My Skinny Sister."
Rebecka Josephson adds moments of comedy in the otherwise serious "My Skinny Sister." (Photo: Facebook)

"My Skinny Sister" offers meaty commentary on eating disorders

I knew walking into "My Skinny Sister" that the film – which explores a teen-aged ice skater’s eating disorder – had the dangerous possibility of falling into the cheesy After-School Special / Lifetime Movie category. Luckily, it didn’t.

Instead, this first feature film by Swedish writer and director Sanna Lenken took a unique perspective and told the story of the struggling skater through the eyes of her sister, 12-year-old Stella.

Stella (Rebecka Josephson) is fixated on her sister, Katja (Amy Deasismont). Like most sisters, the two have a complicated relationship that varies greatly in temperature. At times, they interact in a warm and silly fashion, but other times, Katja is cold, controlling and verbally abusive. 

One of the most redeeming aspects of the film – which also saves it from being a cliché – is that it unfolds through Stella’s eyes and therefore is less about having an eating disorder and more about what it’s like to be close to someone who does. For awhile, Stella is the only person aware that her sister is starving herself and she moves between compassion and anger. She also tortuously moves between keeping her sister's secret and asking for help from others. 

Although the film contains graphic scenes such as a close-up of Katja sticking her fingers down her throat to induce vomiting, for the most part, it focuses on the abstract aspects of eating disorders and mental illness.

It reminds us of the power that people whom we care about have over us, especially when we are young. Although flawed, Katja is glamorous to Stella. For most of the film, Stella wants to be a figure skater like her sister, despite the fact she’s less talented on the ice. Both her desire to emulate Katja – as well as her crush on Katja’s 35-year-old skating coach – inspire her to keep skating despite her lack of success. She also squelches her fascination of bugs and nature, and is sometimes distant from her friends, because she is obsessed with Katja.…

Rubin's soon will host a huge sale on most of its furniture. The 2016 lines are already in stock.
Rubin's soon will host a huge sale on most of its furniture. The 2016 lines are already in stock. (Photo: Facebook)

Restoration Hardware moving into Rubin's space

After more than 20 years in business, Rubin’s Furniture, 224 E. Chicago St., will close. Restoration Hardware, another home furnishings retail chain, will take over the space, according to Rubin’s owner, Bob Rubin.

Restoration Hardware left Mayfair Mall in 2012 after 12 years in business. The business plan was to morph from mall-based stores to stand-alone "design galleries."

Rubin says he has 60 days to leave the Third Ward building and; consequently, much of the stock will soon be "drastically reduced."

The two Madison-based Rubin’s locations will remain open.

"Our Milwaukee customers have been very loyal," says Rubin. "We look forward to serving them in our Madison stores."

Moe is waiting for a new home.
Moe is waiting for a new home.

125 cats need homes

Welcome to OnMeowaukee Cat Week, a meowsome bunch of articles, photos, videos and an Instagram contest celebrating all aspects of Milwaukee cats. Sponsored by Bark N' Scratch Outpost, these seven days are dedicated to those creatures with nine lives who make our lives more paw-sitive.

There are a whopping 125 cats available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society. To view them (and hopefully fall in love with one … or two … or …) click here

Moe is just one of the cats up for adoption at WHS, and he has a pretty great story, which was shared with me by the human society’s Angela Speed.

"Moe is a 4-year-old domestic shorthair who has now been in our care for 95 days. Before he came to WHS, he was living on the streets as a stray but desperately wanted a home to call his own. How do we know that? Because he was caught trying to jump into one woman's open windows several times! After searching the neighborhood for a potential owner, the kind woman brought him to us where he spent another seven days waiting for someone to claim him. After no one did, he went into our adoption program and has been waiting patiently ever since. 

Moe is affectionate, adorable, and an all-around wonderful cat. We suspect potential adopters are avoiding him simply because he likes to be pet on his own terms. When pet on his back or near his tail, Moe responds by pinning back his ears, rolling onto his back, and quickly swishing his tail (that's cat-speak for: "cease and desist.").

"When you listen to his body language and honor his request, Moe gives all sorts of happy head-butts and purrs up a storm. Since he came in as a stray, we don't know what his history with other cats or dogs is, but we do know he needs a home without kids under 8. As with all cats over one year of age, you get to name your own adoption fee for Moe, plus he's already been neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated!"

The Hamilton was designed to look like a "faux hotel lobby."
The Hamilton was designed to look like a "faux hotel lobby."

The Hamilton is closed

After almost five years in business, The Hamilton, 823 E. Hamilton St., served its last drink on Sunday. The cocktail lounge opened in early 2011, as reported by OnMilwaukee.

Owner Kimberly Floyd says she plans to travel before returning to Milwaukee to start her next chapter.

"Thank you to everyone who supported The Hamilton over the years," says Floyd. "It was a lot of fun."