‘Redoubtable’ review – a stylish retro piece that Godardians will lap up instantly

Michel Hazanavicius’s Redoubtable is manna from heaven for Jean-Luc Godard fanboys. Be it the lead character Godard’s somewhat toxic rebellion or his own erroneous ideas about a Marxist society, the film spectacle the transitional years in the veteran filmmaker’s life. Set amidst the New Wave Movement that took place in […]

‘Summer 1993’ review – Carla Simón’s debut drenches you in a sea of emotions

Do you remember those discreet overheard conversations from childhood? Some were hard to sink in. And there are others that remain entrenched for a lifetime. You weren’t the intended recipient in the first place. Then again, how would a child govern his/her own perceptions? Debutante director Carla Simón’s autobiographical Summer […]

‘Mukkabaaz’ review – Anurag Kashyap’s ode to Bollywood’s ‘Good vs Evil’ sagas

Earlier this year, I got to watch Rahul Dahiya’s G Kutta Se. Although canvassed in a far more rural setup, the film projected a similar atmosphere – of caste-based power politics, religious intolerance, honour, and the pre-assigned role of women in the social arrangement. Set in the same regional backdrop […]

‘The Other Side of Hope’ review – Hatred and humanity with a touch of humour

The initial reel of veteran Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope leaves us confused on the film’s genre. Famous for his rich oeuvre of clever, humorous plots, his latest film begins with a spate of silence that incidentally conveys quite a lot. Only to be halted by a live acoustic performance […]

‘Manchester by the Sea’ review – Tearjerker of the year

Death. It is often as hard for the witnesses. The sudden void, the unforeseen change in plans that it thrusts upon. Dealing with a series of deaths and their associated agony, there is something awfully unnerving about the way writer-director Kenneth Lonergan crafts his third feature Manchester by The Sea. Akin to top Oscar […]