In Absentia Saturday (April 14), 9 pm, Innis. Rating: NNNNN
the brothers quay are past mas-ters of visible nightmares and beautiful decay. In this, their latest, they offer a portrait of a woman, E.H., writing letters to her husband from her home in an asylum. It's a simple story, but this film is a masterpiece of gesture and mood. Like most great filmmakers, the Quays constantly play on the threshold between what they show you and what they conceal. So In Absentia is shot mostly in misty black-and-white, with light and framing designed to make your eyes look for more. Purely through composition -- and maybe the severe, towering Stockhausen score -- this film gives a pencil sharpener an air of terror. At moments In Absentia nearly surrenders to what now feels like effortless style, but the Quays have the good taste to pull back from that brink.