Fifty years after ‘The Sound of Music’, its lead actor Christopher Plummer looks a pale shadow of Captain Von Trapp. And yet, in Atom Egoyan’s ‘Remember’ Plummer is unbelievably good, and with a stunning performance, even prompts a re-watch.
Israeli film maker Yariv Mozer dabbles with sexuality in his film ‘Snails in the Rain’, and comes up with a redolent piece of film making. Based on a short story, ‘Snails in the Rain’ demonstrates how easily conventional sexual prototypes could be broken down.
Director Jafar Panahi hops aboard a taxi in Tehran, and lends an ear to his passengers, as they in turn, bare their minds to the driver. His passengers range from a vendor of pirated videos to his young niece who is all set to shoot a short film, from a human rights lawyer to a couple of women with gold fishes.
As much as I dislike films that are almost entirely shot in the dark, I should admit that the creepiness that some of them bring into their fold is admirable. Fede Alvarez’s ‘Dont Breathe’ has almost all of its action happening around the murky corners of a dimly lit old house in the dead of the night. Despite all this, I end up scared at least a couple of times, which is a good thing when it comes to films in this genre.
Timothy Conigrave’s 1995 memoir is brilliantly adapted for the big screen by Neil Armfield, through a screenplay, adeptly penned by Tommy Murphy. Ryan Corr and Craig Scott play the leads in the moving drama that runs for just a little further than two hours.
Tobias Nolle in his film ‘Aloys’ treads on unfamiliar territory and lets his protagonist Aloys Adorn (Georg Friedrich), a loner private investigator, test his own limits in human interaction. Dabbling with magical realism, ‘Aloys’ is a densely dark film that lurks around the unexplored corners of the human psyche.
Here is another gem that I unearthed quite late, and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s directorial debut is a charmer whichever way you look at it. This eventful journey of a mother and daughter through an excruciating maze land of tenth standard mathematics scores hands down.
One of the most definitive moments in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s ‘Pink’ arrives when Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu) hastily throws the pullover hood over her head, when she over hears a couple of boys whispering to each other and wondering slightly aloud, if she weren’t the ‘Surajkund girl’.
The grocery items at the super market Shopwell, begin each day with immense anticipation, hoping that some human shopper would come by and snatch them away on to the Great Beyond. Leading the tale is Frank, the sausage and his girl friend Brenda, the bun, who look forward to leading a merry life away from the grocery racks at Shopwell.
It’s not just the superlative performance from its lead actor Brendan Gleeson that sets the Irish film ‘Calvary’ apart, but the plenty of deliberations that it leaves in its wake on god and religion and a tiny village and its inhabitants that grapple with faith, or rather what is left of it.
‘Gokseong’ aka ‘The Wailing’, a Korean film directed by Na Hong-jin, works infinitely further on the horror genre to create a cinematic piece that is shrouded in mystery. This is a film that is open to various interpretations, and is certainly not your relaxed weekend watch.