“The Salesman (Forushande)”… How does a man turn into a cow?

When Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi decides to make a film, the world takes notice. With films like About Elly and A Separation adorning his filmography, the filmmaker’s latest offering The Salesman (Forushande) has been keenly anticipated for the right reasons. Having won the Best Screenplay and Best Actor awards at 69th Cannes Film Festival, the film is currently […]

‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ review – Brave film plants a ferocious slap on the face of patriarchy

Rosy – She is the most liberated woman in Alankrita Shrivastava’s confident Lipstick Under My Burkha. We never get to see her. Within a novel called ‘Lipstickwale Sapne’, that is India’s answer to ‘Mills & Boon’, Rosy lives a surreal life – of love, independence and fabulous activity. Kitschy fiction aside, what happens when […]

L’Avenir (Things To Come) – Perfection, thy name is Isabelle Huppert!

How uneasy will it be if a film expects its powerful lead performer to ‘rescue’ it? That is precisely the case with French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve’s inert drama L’Avenir (Things To Come). Helmed by the magnetic Isabelle Huppert, the film comes off as intellectual. Playing a philosophy teacher, Huppert’s Nathalie lives […]

“Bacalaureat (Graduation)”… is a clash of ethics and legitimate ambitions!

Set in a gloomy Transylvanian town, Cristian Mungiu’s latest Bacalaureat (Graduation) works on various levels. Following a familiar, universal arc, Mungiu introduces us to Dr. Romeo’s practical ambitions for his daughter being challenged by an unforeseen jolt. With no option than to compromise on the very ethics he taught his […]

‘Personal Shopper’ review – an unnerving Olivier Assayas thriller

Personal Shopper directed by veteran French filmmaker Olivier Assayas‘ is a psychological thriller. Excepting the lead actor’s profession, the film is about anything but shopping. Barely 5 minutes into the film, Assayas makes his stance clear on what lies ahead. Telling the tale of Maureen who’s a stuck-up staff of […]

Tschick (Goodbye Berlin) – Fatih Akin’s ode to adolescence

Two teenagers. A stolen lada. No agenda. One helluva road trip with a Richard Clayderman cassette tape springing a bright surprise. Fatih Akin’s Tschick has all trappings of a riotous commercial bromance – just that the protagonists are in their adolescence. Screened at 18th MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star, Tschick interestingly is […]