The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) English Movie Short Review

A bearded, sombre looking Colin Farrell plays a cardiac surgeon in Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ – Dr. Steven Murphy – who befriends a young teen named Martin, for reasons best known to the two. As Martin inches his way closer to the doctor’s family and starts treading and trampling ever so softly on his life, a concerned Anna (Nicole Kidman), Steven’s wife, insists that she knows what it is that binds the man and the boy together. Continue reading “The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) English Movie Short Review”

Call Me by Your Name (2017) English Movie Short Review

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There is little that seventeen year old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) doesn’t know about, as Oliver (Arnie Hammer), a much older American graduate student who has arrived to spend the summer of ’83 in Italy, amusedly discovers. Elio takes upon himself the task of showing an all too independent Oliver around, and as the summer wears on, the two men find themselves falling inseparably in love. Continue reading “Call Me by Your Name (2017) English Movie Short Review”

Spoor (2017) Polish Movie Short Review

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Duszejko (Agnieska Mandat), without a first name is what the woman protagonist in Agnieszka Holland’s film ‘Spoor’ calls herself, and would prefer others to address her as; a quaint old woman who has taken to teaching English to school children in a lonesome mountain village in the Klodzko Valley in Poland. She used to build bridges once, we are told, hinting of a former career in engineering. Holland sets her film going with the sudden disappearance of Duszejko’s pet dogs, who never return after wandering off on a routine morning stroll with her.   Continue reading “Spoor (2017) Polish Movie Short Review”

The Cakemaker (2017) German Movie Short Review

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What do you do when someone who had finally made your lonesome life tick, disappears all on a sudden? What do you do with all the stony silence that remains? What do you do with the million unanswered questions that squirm around in your head? What do you do with all the bitterness, anger and numbness that ravages you from right within? Continue reading “The Cakemaker (2017) German Movie Short Review”

Final Portrait (2017) English Movie Short Review

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Stanley Tucci’s film is set in Paris in 1964 , where during an encounter, the renowned Swiss painter Alberto Giacometti requests the American art critic and connoisseur James Lord to pose for a portrait. Quite taken aback and honoured by the artist’s design, Lord readily agrees, only to discover that the artist’s final portrait might take much longer to emerge on the canvas than he had originally expected it to. Continue reading “Final Portrait (2017) English Movie Short Review”

Mother! (2017) English Movie Short Review

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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

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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”

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”