Mother! (2017) English Movie Short Review

Mother!
Jennifer Lawrence in Mother!                                                                                     Paramount Pictures

Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’ is a film that is bound to draw in the most extreme of reactions, and features a nameless couple, Him (Javier Bardem) and his wife Mother (Jennifer Lawrence), who lead an almost halcyon existence in a mansion, that Mother had been busy reconstructing all by herself, after a fire had charred it down some time back. Continue reading “Mother! (2017) English Movie Short Review”

Beyond the Clouds (2017) Hindi Movie Short Review

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Majid Majidi’s crash landing on Bollywood grounds takes the viewers by surprise, as his Hindi film ‘Beyond the Clouds’ strikes an uncanny resemblance to many a Bollywood underworld flick, raking up reminiscences galore for the Indian audience. It is this bland familiarity that works against the film, and for those of us who had grown up on the stark brilliance that underlay ‘Baran’, ‘Children of Heaven’ and ‘The Colour of Paradise’,  the disappointment is likely to be even more intense.  Continue reading “Beyond the Clouds (2017) Hindi Movie Short Review”

Scaffolding (2017) Israeli Movie Short Review

Scaffolding

Asher (Asher Lax), in Matan Yair’s feature film directorial debut, is a fretful teenager with a penchant for causing trouble and grappling with multiple issues, his studies  being just one among them. When Rami (Ami Smolarchik) walks into his class as his teacher in literature, Asher finds his attitudes and beliefs questioned, and in no time rediscovers an interest in learning.  Continue reading “Scaffolding (2017) Israeli Movie Short Review”

Pomegranate Orchard (2017) Azerbaijani Movie Short Review

Pomegranate Orchard

The opening scene of Ilgar Najaf’s ‘Nar Bagi’ (Pomegranate Orchard) has a young boy reading out the letters at an eye clinic, and the doctor and the mother discovering that perhaps the boy could be color blind. Jalal (Hesen Aghayev) and his mother Sarah (Ilahe Hasanova) walk back home with this stark realization, only to find out pretty soon that the boy’s father Gabil (Semimi Farhad), who had vanished without a trace twelve years back, is finally back .  Continue reading “Pomegranate Orchard (2017) Azerbaijani Movie Short Review”

Loveless (2017) Russian Movie Short Review

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Its astounding to see how all the love that bound two individuals so close together not long back, gives way to hate of a vicious kind, where one starts to abhor the presence of the other in unimaginable ways. Andrey Zvyagintsev ‘Loveless’ is a stinging take on the abomination and loathing that human beings are capable of, conveniently strangling every memory that they would associate with a love that had been long lost. Continue reading “Loveless (2017) Russian Movie Short Review”