“Arrival”… A creative, emotionally rich science fiction drama!

Language. Every organism has one since communication is indispensable. Languages let us connect with your past and future, while allowing us to persist in the present. Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s latest Arrival examines how communication could change the world around. The film, incidentally, belongs to the science-fiction genre and hence offers a […]

“Barakah Meets Barakah” – Saudi Arabia in Yash Raj Films mould!

Festival film tag is a massive cliché. Hence, it is rare to sight a light-hearted film winning hearts left, right and centre at a film festival. Guess what? Mahmoud Sabbagh’s Barakah Meets Barakah (Barakah yoqabil Barakah) meets this description to T. Mind you, this isn’t any brainless rom-com. The story offers […]

“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 […]

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 […]

‘After the Storm’ – a truthful picture of life and its unsaid miseries

Acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda appears to be a keen observer. It is perhaps in the detailing, he tends to know his characters inside out. Had his actors ever questioned on what his lead (Ryota) would be doing on a New Year night, Koreeda would have had a pointed reply. With such fine […]

“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 […]

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 […]

‘Like Father Like Son’ review – a delicate film on parenting

Like Father Like Son (そして父になる), a Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, juxtaposes a been-there-seen-that idea to an unusual yet believable premise. The film, just as the title suggests, is all about parenting. As far as the message is concerned, this is one film where the director safely relies […]