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 […]

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 […]

‘Kinara’ Is Akin to Reading a Mellow, Atmospheric Novel

Gulzar’s Kinara is special. One of the reasons being Hema Malini who is in her elements here. Not without that quintessential south Indian fragrance she brings in, Kinara is comfort zone for her. There is dance, emotions that fluctuate from mild to heavy-duty. There’s also some great music and an easy-breezy way of […]

‘Oppam’ review – an archaic thriller that is moderately engaging

Priyadarshan is one filmmaker who tasted creditable success, across genres and languages. The director is back with his Onam bonanza – a racy thriller Oppam starring his agent of fortune, Mohanlal. Given the director’s proven expertise in the genre, one expects a thrilling ride. So, does Oppam click? It does… to a great extent. […]